Latest anti-piracy raid yields 15,000 discs

MUMBAI: In two raids conducted in Kandivali and Malad, the SS branch of the Mumbai police along with AA Khan & Associates seized close to 15,000 pirated discs. The team found discs of recently released Hindi and Hollywood movies in a bid to counter movie pirates.

In the first raid carried on 7 May, the team raided libraries and a small warehouse near Malad Station, uncovering 7,899 pirated discs of recent releases while on 12 May, a similar raid was conducted across seven stalls in Thakur Complex, Kandivali (East) that resulted in the seizure of 7000 discs. Among the seized discs were more than 560 discs of Badmash Company, the major Bollywood release last week along with 968 and 1,162 pirated discs of Housefull and Iron Man 2 respectively.

AA Khan & Associates have filed the cases in SS Branch, headed by Sheela Sail, DCP, Enforcement SS Branch. 

Said AA Khan, “I am glad that our sustained efforts of conducting raids have begun to show results. Piracy is one of the major problems, since recent times its dangers are evident on a larger scale. We will try our level best to reach to the root cause of this problem. While it would be unrealistic to except it to be eradicated overnight, we have taken our formative steps in the right direction.”

During the raids the police made three arrests at Malad and four at Kandivali. The accused have been booked under Sections 51, 52(A), 63, 68(A) of Copyright Act along with sections 292A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Besides, last week similar raids were conducted across Andheri, Lower Parel Station, Malad station and Kandivali across stalls, small warehouses and libraries.

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