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Advance train ticket sale begins in Sylhet

Advance train ticket sale begins in SylhetThousands of ticket-seekers thronged Sylhet Railway Station from early Thursday as advance ticket sale ahead of Eid-ul Fitr has started there.
Some are enjoying after getting much-desired tickets to travel sweet home for celebrating Eid-ul Fitr with dear and near ones while some are disappointed getting no ticket.
Bangladesh Railway started selling advance tickets for July 13 and will continue the sale for July 14, 15, 16 and 17 from July 10, 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
After holidays, advance tickets in Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations will be sold in special arrangements.
The Eid-ul Fitr will be celebrated in Bangladesh on July 18 or 19, subject to the sighting of moon.
The return tickets to east and west regions will be available from July 16 to 20.
The sale of return tickets will be continued for July 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 from July 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 respectively.
Sources suggest that some passengers failed to avail tickets even after waiting in the rail station queue from dawn to afternoon. Tickets were also unavailable in online and MobiCash. Passengers alleged to Banglanews that tickets were put up for black market sale.
Some passengers alleged that the black market salesmen were opting to use MobiCash, as loudspeakers made public announcements on the platform to raise awareness among the passengers.
Exploiting the option of purchasing four tickets from a single mobile sim, the unscrupulous black marketeers have been using ten to fifteen sim cards to purchase tickets, which they will look to sell later, based on the demand of tickets in the market.
A syndicate allegedly maintains direct connection with the rail employees to get tickets, while in some cases, another syndicate stands in the queue from night to get tickets of different routes. Afterwards, they sell it for high prices.
As most of the passengers do not have master card and visa debit cards, they cannot buy tickets through the e-service. Complaints against the e-service also include of a faulty network service for most of the card holders.
Sylhet station manager Abdur Razzak said huge police have been deployed to check ticket blackings. Besides, plain dressed police, Ansar and armed police have also been deployed in the station.