Cops use mild force to control crowd during ticket sale for T20I in Cuttack

  • | Thursday | 9th June, 2022

Cuttack, Jun 9 (PTI) Cricket enthusiasts faced mild baton-charge by the police in Cuttack on Thursday, as a section of them had apparently gone unruly during the sale of tickets outside Barabati stadium for T20 International match between India and South Africa on June 12, a senior officer said.According to the officer, some women tried to jump the queue and that led to chaos over ticket sale."Around 40,000 people had gathered at the counters to buy some 12,000 tickets. The police had to use mild force to ensure that the process is conducted smoothly," said additional district commissioner of police Pramod Rath.The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) had set aside around 12,000 tickets for offline sale, all of which got sold out, said its secretary Sanjay Behera.Each person, on furnishing valid ID proof, was given a maximum of two tickets, Behera stated.Many people, including women, were seen waiting in queues since Wednesday night.Earlier, 5,000 tickets were sold online, and another 8,000 tickets to clubs, schools and other organisations associated with the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA).Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, SK Priyadarshi, said a three-layer cordon is in place to ensure security of the players of both the teams.Ten platoons of police -- each comprising 30 personnel – have been deployed around the stadium to maintain law and order during the sale of tickets, he said.PTI AAMRMS RMS

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