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Faulty bar codes pose big threat.

FAULTY ticket bar codes at the Commonwealth Games ( CWG) venues are posing a grave security risk, especially in the light of repeated warnings from intelligence agencies about terror threats to the Games, say senior police officials.

Many of the tickets issued for the hockey matches at Dhyan Chand Stadium on Friday failed to clear the bar code test, with the reader indicating that a person with a ticket having the same code was already inside. The policemen at the gate refused entry to these people. But with the numbers growing, ticketing officials intervened to let them enter. The Dhyan Chand Stadium police has reportedly submitted a report about the incident.

The problem resurfaced when volunteers carrying complimentary passes also failed to pass the bar code test. An official explained that this could be due to some tickets and passes having the same bar code.

According to the official, many spectators received passes with the same bar code at Indira Gandhi Stadium. " They were given the passes when the wrestling matches ended before time," he said. Tickets have been a major problem at CWG venues, with bar code readers often failing to function. The problem is compounded with spectators using one ticket for several people without being detected.

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Date:Oct 10, 2010
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