Bomb hoax at the venue
Officials at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in neighbouring Mohali went through anxious moments Sunday after a caller repeatedly told the police that a bomb had been placed at the venue of the March 30 India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal. The calls turned out to be a hoax, police said.
According to police, four calls were made Sunday evening from a mobile phone number to the police control rooms here and in Mohali, some 10 km from here.
“We have traced the address of the caller. It is in a slum rehabilitation colony in Palsora town here but now nobody lives there.
“We have made a special team to nab the accused by ascertaining the location of the mobile phone tower,” Neeraj Sarna, inspector in Chandigarh cyber crime cell, told IANS.
“Four calls were made to Chandigarh and Mohali police controls room from the same number. We would arrest the accused very soon,” he said.
India and Pakistan will play under floodlights Wednesday at the PCA stadium at Mohali. Both the teams are staying at the Taj Hotel here.
The Indian team practised at the PCA stadium on Sunday.
Tickets sell for Rs 1,00,000
Police have arrested four persons, including three students, for selling World Cup tickets in black. The police also recovered Rs 56,000 and three tickets -- two tickets worth Rs 250 and one worth Rs 500 -- from their possession.
The students, aged between 18 to 20 years, were trying to sell the tickets at a premium in the Information Technology (IT) park area.
“They had two tickets of Rs 250 each and one ticket of Rs 500. They were selling these three tickets for Rs 56,000. Their interrogation is on,” said a police official.
On Saturday evening, another black-marketeer, a department store owner, was arrested in Burail village here. He was selling the Rs250 ticket for Rs 25,000, police said.
Acting on a tip-off that a shopkeeper in the village was selling tickets in the black, police laid a trap and sent a decoy customer late Saturday. A deal was struck for Rs 50,000 for two tickets of Rs 250 each.
“We have caught Naresh Garg. He said he bought the tickets March 21 from the main branch of the Central Bank of India,” said Inspector Amanjot Singh. A Rs 15,000 ticket was also allegedly sold for over Rs 100,000 in the black market.