GCA treasurer, three others arrested

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Margao: In a major breakthrough, the police has arrested Goa Cricket Association (GCA) treasurer, ticket contractor and two others in connection with the sale of 'fake tickets' of the One-day International cricket match between India and Australia, which was held at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on April 6. South Goa district superintendent of police I D Shukla told UNI on Tuesday that the GCA treasurer Rama Shankardas, ticket contractor Chinmay Fallari, his associate Jayaraman from Tamil Nadu and local youth Suresh Vise were arrested late on Monday night after their interrogation. He said all the accused would be produced before the court later in the evening and the police would seek their remand in police custody for carrying out further investigations. Nearly 60 people had so far been interrogated in connection with the fake ticket racket. According to Mr Shukla, GCA treasurer Rama Shankardas had confessed during interrogation that few thousands of extra tickets were circulated with his knowledge. However, the police was verifying the actual number of such tickets. Though the GCA was to handover 17,000 tickets to the contractor for sale, the contractor got only 14,000 tickets and the remaining 3000 tickets were retained by the GCA officials allegedly for sale, one of the accused told the police during interrogation. Besides, the police has also collected evidence of fake tickets of Rupees 200 and even of complimentary passes, which were sold. Mr Shukla said the contractor Chinmay Fallari had confessed during interrogation that about 20,000 tickets were circulated. He said the contractor had taken the help of his associate Jayaraman, who hails from Tamil Nadu, for allegedly printing the fake tickets. He said the printing press, where the fake tickets were printed, has been identified. But he did not disclose the place and name of the printing press saying that it would hamper the investigations at this stage. He said a local youth Suresh Vise was arrested as he was engaged in the sale of fake tickets with the full knowledge that these were bogus tickets of the One-day International cricket match. The investigations are progressing very fast and more arrests were likely in the next few days, he added.

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