TTD pulls up 2 employees for 'black marketing' seva tickets

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Tirumala, May 16 (UNI) The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams' (TTD) Vigilance Wing today apprehended two more TTD employees for allegedly selling them in black market.

According to TTD Vigilance sources, one of the accused Nagoji, an attender in the office, was caught while selling two tickets to Vijayawada-based devotees for Rs 9,000 each vis-a-vis the original price of Rs 2,000.

During interrogation, he revealed that Dhamodharam, a camp clerk, was also selling the tickets, 'laddus' and rooms in black.

The officials recovered a few 'laddu' tokens and 'seva darshan' tickets from the accused.

The duo were later handed over to Tirumala Police, the sources added.

A few days back, the Tirumala Police had arrested one Janakiramaiah, working at the 'laddu' counter, in connection with the sale of cellar darshan tickets in black. Another employee Chandraiah Chetty, working as AEO at Vaikuntam Queue Complex, who was also allegedly involved in the crime, had escaped and was later admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad.

As many as 637 darshan tickets were recovered from him.

In another incident, the police had arrested three people, including two TTD Vigilance and Security men in connection with black marketing of the much sought after cellar entry darshan tickets.

TTD Executive Officer K V Ramanachary ordered suspension of all the accused.


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