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Eden tickets ‘sold out’ in 15 mins

Two persons were injured on Thursday when police chased hundreds of cricket fans who demonstrated in front of the Eden Gardens complaining that tickets for the April 29 Indian Premier League match were being 'unscrupulously' sold.

Angered at the authorities closing down ticket counters after opening just 15 minutes for selling tickets of two lower denominations - Rs 110 and Rs 220 - the fans vented their ire on Cricket Association of Bengal president Prasun Mukherjee.

"Hai hai Prasun, hai hai CAB," was the cry as Mukherjee entered the Eden. The police chased the crowd with batons and two fans were injured in the mad scramble that followed.

"How can so many tickets be sold in such a short time? It seems tickets are being sold unscrupulously through the back door. Black marketeers are grabbing most of the tickets," said a cricket fan, who was keenly awaiting the battle royale between Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians and Sourav Ganguly-led Kolkata Knight Riders.

Meanwhile, the CAB authorities said 6,000 tickets of the two lower denominations have been exhausted fast as they were sold from a number of counters.

Sensing the craze among fans, the CAB has decided to reopen the counters from 4:00 pm.

The demand for tickets has sky-rocketed after sterling performance by the home side in the first two matches.

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