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Black spot on Kolkata’s pink Test, Rs 50 tickets sell for Rs 1000

Black marketeers had a field day on Friday afternoon before the highly-anticipated game began. People were seen gathering near the Maidan area of the Mohammadan Sporting Club and buying tickets at marked-up prices.

Written by Rahul Sadhu | Kolkata |
Updated: November 22, 2019 4:20:43 pm
Eden Gardens tickets, Pink ball test, black tickets Eden gardens, full house in Eden Gardens, India vs Bangladesh Day 1 Tickets were being sold out even after a strong presence of police personnel near the Eden Gardens on Friday. (Express Photo: Rahul Sadhu)

The pink-ball Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata has expectedly generated a lot of hype, and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said last week that tickets for the first 3 days were sold out.

However, black marketeers had a field day Friday before the highly-anticipated game began. People were seen gathering near the Maidan area near Mohammadan Sporting Club to buy tickets at exorbitant prices.

“Tickets for Rs 50 are being sold for as much Rs 2000, while Rs 100 tickets are being sold for Rs. 5000. Nobody wants to miss out on the fun. I bought two 50 rupees tickets for my mother and myself,” said Vaibhav Shah, a working professional.

The illegal sale of tickets was being conducted in full view despite the presence of plenty of police personnel in the area.

Interestingly, a number of middle-aged women were among those spotted selling the tickets. When this reporter spoke to a Kolkata Police constable,  who was standing metres away from a person selling the tickets, he said that no action can be taken as the area fell under the purview of Maidan police station.

“We can’t really do much about it. If somebody wants to file a complaint then they have to make it at Maidan police station and then they will send a patrol to pick up those guilty. We can’t do much about it,” said the constable, who did not wish to be named.

On Thursday, Kolkata Police officials arrested six persons during a drive against black marketing of tickets around Eden Gardens. The arrests were made by the anti-rowdy section of the city police’s Detective Department. A day earlier, six persons were arrested and 38 tickets for the match were seized by the police.

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