The Delhi Police has begun investigations into allegations that a few people had tried to sell fake tickets near Pragati Maidan during the auto expo. The police said that they are investigating the case after several people who visited the auto fair claimed that they had been "tricked" into buying these tickets after they were approached by touts.
The cops are trying to find out whether anyone managed to enter the expo using fake tickets. The cops said that so far, the fake-ticket racketeers managed to earn around a crore during the entire fair. The investigators said that the role of insiders cannot be ruled out and that police will approach the organizers soon to seek their inputs regarding the entire incident.
"We had inputs about the fake tickets and accordingly laid a trap. However, we were not successful in nabbing anyone on Wednesday but we will continue to work on the information we have," said the officer. Meanwhile, even as the expo ended on Wednesday, the organizers were already mulling over whether to move the next edition of the biennial trade show from Pragati Maidan and to a more spacious ‘world-class’ location so that the expo could be touted as the largest in the world. Organizers of the expo are also debating whether to host the event on February 5-12, 2014. Traditionally, the auto expo has been held in the first week of January.
"So many people visited the auto expo that we had to stop allowing people in after a while to security and infrastructure issues," Auto Expo 2012 steering committee chairman Rajive Kaul told the media on Wednesday. The organisers had decided to restrict the number of people present inside the venue to one lakh daily, including 30,000 people from the exhibitors’.