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Tickets 'Sold-Out' For T-20 Match, Fans Provoked, Resort to Violence

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17 December 2017


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Cuttack: Chaos prevailed at the Barabati Stadium here on Sunday after ticket-seekers were informed that seats have been ‘sold out’ for the India-Sri Lanka T20 match, scheduled on December 20.

The information irked the cricket crazy crowd who broke barricades and started pelting stones at the ticket counters.

City police rushed two platoons force to bring the situation under control but the situation turned ugly as the fans were involved in a scuffle with the cops. Reinforcements outside the stadium managed to curb the incident from aggravating further.

Sources said, fans had thronged at three counters of the Barabati Stadium since last night to buy tickets but were told by the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) authorities that seat for gallery no 1, 2,3,4,6 and 7 which were sold in counter no 2 and 3, have been exhausted. The announcement angered the fans and they resorted to violence.

A total of 10,362 tickets were sold to the OCA affiliated clubs and institutions on December 15 and 16, while 9,130 tickets were sold online on November 20 and 21.

Police have detained two persons in thsi connection and initiated an inquiry. Meanwhile, ticket sale for the AC box, corporate gallery and New Pavilion is on at counter no 1. As many as 12,500 tickets were to be sold at the counters since Saturday, sources added.

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