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Feb 27, 2011 at 08:25pm IST

Exclusive: Black marketing of WC tickets

Bangalore: The Bangalore ticket mess took an ugly turn on Sunday after CNN-IBN exposed the black marketing of tickets minutes before the much-anticipated India vs England World Cup match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

CNN-IBN went around the stadium in search of the black-ticket agents and it didn't take much time to spot them, who wanted the ticket-seekers to shell out big bucks to watch India in action.

But even more shocking was the part that it was tickets for the club stands, which are reserved only for VIPs, that were being sold in black for nearly Rs. 13,000 rupees. "These are tickets for 'H' Stand, reserved only for VIPs, you understand?

It's only for IAS officer, MLAs and club members," said one of the black marketeer.

It was here that hundreds of fans were lathicharged when they stood in queues to get tickets for the India-England match. The waiting fans were told that tickets were sold out, which led to clashes between the police and the fans.

Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath may blame the quota system for few tickets being available to the public but this very quota system is being manipulated by these black-ticket dealers to make a fortune.

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