A department store owner was arrested in Chandigarh for black marketing tickets of the crucial India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal match to be held at Mohali. He was selling the Rs.250 ticket for Rs.25,000, police said on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off that a shopkeeper in Burail village was selling tickets in black, police laid a trap and sent a decoy customer to his shop late Saturday.
A deal was struck for Rs.50,000 for two tickets of Rs.250 face value each.
"We have caught Naresh Garg red-handed while accepting the money. He said he bought the tickets on March 21 from the main branch of the Central Bank of India. We will produce him in court (Sunday)," police inspector Amanjot Singh told IANS.
The World Cup fever has reached its peak here with a Rs.15,000 ticket of the March 30 match between India and Pakistan being sold for over Rs.100,000 in the black market.
India and Pakistan will play under floodlights Wednesday at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium at Mohali, some 10 km from Chandigarh.