Thousands of cricket fans, who were standing in queues before counters for the last 19 hours to get tickets of the India-South Africa match, returned disappointed after police cane-charged them at Bank of India’s (BOI) Yeshwant Nivas road branch in Indore on Sunday.
Similar situation was reported at the Collectorate branch, where sale of general tickets was held on Sunday.
Fans had started queuing up from 5 pm on Saturday as offline booking for the second one-day international match between India and South Africa started at 10 am on Sunday at five BOI branches in Indore, along with online ticket booking on bookmyshow.com.
Situation at various bank counters worsened after huge crowds swarmed to purchase tickets. The crowd before Yeshwant Niwas road branch of BOI broke the channel gate of the bank and barged inside.
Fans in queue for long hours alleged that many on-duty police officials and constables present to control the mob were pressurising those at the counter to give them tickets, instead of those in queue.
After the crowd raised protest, police cane-charged the former and created a stampede-like situation outside the bank.
Meanwhile, police officials denied such allegations, claiming that they were doing their duty.
Earlier, buyers failed to book their tickets online from the official online website as all tickets were sold out within a few minutes after booking started for the second day online quota.
However, sale of tickets with student’s concession was held at BOI branches at Dewas Naka, Kasturba Gram and Kandiya Road.
30,000 queue up for 4000 online tickets
Thousands of internet users, logged on to official site for sale of online ticket sale, were surprised at 9 am after they saw more than 30,000 in queue for less than 4000 online tickets. This figure swelled to 70,000 at 10 am with all tickets sold out within a few minutes of the website opening its second and final day online ticket quota.
Many sold out their places in queue
People, least bothered about cricket, but in queue of general ticket sales for the past 19 hours, had sold their places to others. Sanjeev Jain said five persons from the same family standing in front of him, offered him to take his place for Rs 100 each.
Although he refused the offer, few people standing behind him gave them money and moved forward by five places to increase their possibility of getting ODI tickets.
Last chance to grab tickets
Fans failing to purchase tickets either online or offline could still buy tickets, which will be available at BOI Yeshwant Nivas road and at Collectorate branches.
Tickets for students’ concession will be available at Dewas Naka, Kasturba Gram and Kanadiya Road branch in between 10 am and 2 pm.
Those who have booked tickets online could collect the same from BOI Annapurna and Mahalaxmi Nagar branches in between 10 am and 2 pm.