According to the sources, it is clear from the information that has emerged in the investigation, that a big gang is behind this incident. According to the police officers, agents in collusion with stake holders have booked a large amount of tickets online in one go from the ‘Book My Show’ site long ago. The online properties of those tickets are now being sold to sub agents in various cities. When the ticket reaches the general public, its price skyrockets.
Investigators believe that many people may be involved in this cycle, starting from BCCI, part of CAB and the staff of ‘Book My Show’. Even, Calcutta Police summoned former Team India captain Sourav Gangopadhyay’s grandfather and CAB president Snehashis Gangopadhyay to Maidan police station to get some answers on the matter.
In this regard, Joint CP (Crime) Sankhshuvra Chakraborty said, ‘Several information has come to our hands. Those involved in the black market of tickets are being arrested. In this regard, State Sports Minister Manoj Tiwari said, ‘Only Byomkesh Bakshi can answer the question of where so many tickets went. CAB is an autonomous body. The state government has no dealings with it. BJP leaders are members of cricket boards in BJP-ruled states. But that’s not the case here. The CAB president can tell where the ticket went.
Spectators in the snake-ludo of ticket fraud
If there is a match in Calcutta, the ticket black outside the field is a familiar image. In keeping with technology, the cycle of fraud is now going on through online ticketing links. Let’s say an agent sits in Mumbai and buys tickets from ‘Book My Show’. After that, they sell the ticket link on WhatsApp or the PDF in the e-mail to someone else.
The price of that ticket is going up and down like Snake-Ludo. Tickets of 900 rupees are being sold for 10,000 rupees. However, common visitors are unable to get tickets despite hours of online efforts. According to Aditya Kaveri, a resident of Howrah Shyampur, ‘a slot is being given on Book My Show. Hundreds of applicants are waiting in the queue, it appears.
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But they are not allowed to book tickets anymore. A few hours later, the agency informed that all the tickets were sold out. No one knows who is getting those tickets. This has been happening for the last two months.’ Investigators are looking into whether the virtual assets of tickets are being duped by viewers in connivance with BCCI, CAB and a section of Book My Show.
CAB member on the net, summons the president
7 complaints have already been filed in Kolkata regarding this ticket scam. Islamul Huda alias Tinku and Himal Shah have been arrested from Moulali recently following a case of Entali police station. Police recovered 10 tickets from them. It is known that Himal is a member of CAB. According to police sources, Shuvradeep Bhattacharya, Suman Sardar and Sandeepan Laha have been arrested based on the complaint lodged at Netajinagar police station.
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It is alleged that they were selling 900 Tk tickets for 8 thousand Tk. A total of 17 tickets were recovered from the arrested. On the other hand, the police have arrested Harsh Gupta and Harshit Agarwal, two youths in their twenties, on the charge of black selling tickets in front of Shahid Minar. On the other hand, a person named Salman Ali was arrested after a complaint was lodged at Hare Street police station that a person had bought 3 tickets for 25 thousand rupees from an online company.