25 Jan '11, 9am

China police nab many over train tickets scalping

China police nab many over train tickets scalping

BEIJING: Police in China have detained more than 600 people for using the Internet to scalp highly sought-after train tickets for the massive Lunar New Year holiday travel period, state media said Tuesday. Demand for train tickets is high ahead of the celebrations, the most important holiday of the year in China, with migrant workers desperate to return to their home villages or towns queueing for hours for a ticket. China's railway police said the 618 people were detained as part of a nationwide crackdown on online ticket reselling, the China Daily said, citing the railways ministry. Nearly 300 additional trains have been put on to carry a record 230 million passengers expected over the festival travel season, which began last Wednesday and ends on about February 27, deputy railway minister Wang Zhiguo has said.

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