Three held for black marketing India-Pakistan match tickets

Hemant Kumar, Rohit Sharma and Jasmeet Singh, aged 18-20 years, were trying to sell the tickets at a premium in the Information Technology (IT) park area.

“They had two tickets of Rs.250 (face value) each and one ticket of Rs.500. They were selling these three tickets for Rs.56,000. We have arrested them and their interrogation is on,” said a police official.

On Saturday evening, another black-marketeer, a department store owner, was arrested in Burail village here. He was selling the Rs.250 ticket for Rs.25,000, police said.

Acting on a tip-off that a shopkeeper in the village was selling tickets in the black, police laid a trap and sent a decoy customer to his shop late Saturday.

A deal was struck for Rs.50,000 for two tickets of Rs.250 each.
"We have caught Naresh Garg red-handed while accepting the money. He said he bought the tickets March 21 from the main branch of the Central Bank of India. We will produce him in court," Inspector Amanjot Singh told IANS.

The World Cup fever has reached its peak here, with a Rs.15,000 ticket for the match  being allegedly sold for over Rs. 100,000 in the black market.

India and Pakistan will play under floodlights Wednesday at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium at Punjab's Mohali town, some 10 km from here.

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