The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested one person for allegedly selling Indian Premier League (IPL) tickets in black using mobile phone advertising services. Two more people with 105 tickets were also arrested on Saturday.
The police have busted two different rackets and recovered 119 IPL tickets. The tickets were for Saturday’s match between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.
Police said one racket was involved in sending bulk SMSes from LM-IPL. “They sent out an advertisement ‘IPL Great season of cricket. Few tickets available for Delhi Match on Saturday. First come, first serve. Call-99999770007’. When someone contacts the number mentioned on the SMS, one person would offer them tickets at a premium. A deal was fixed for purchase of 14 tickets of R750 each at R1400. A trap was laid at Arakashan Road, Paharganj and one person Sushil Thukral (26) was arrested,” said Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
Police said Thukral was earlier in the company’s data collection department that deals with sending such advertisements on mobile phones.
“Thukral knew the password of the website and used the company’s data on cellphone numbers to send out messages. He sent as many as 5, 000 messages. He got these 14 tickets from a multinational bank,” added Chand.
In the second case, a raid was conducted near the petrol pump at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, where two persons were apprehended selling IPL tickets worth R500 each at R1,000. Police have arrested one Sajid (28) and Ladley (19) in the case. They recovered 105 tickets from the two.