Nine arrested in latest raids on pirates of popular Hindi films in Delhi markets

NEW DELHI: Despite frantic efforts by filmmakers and producers of software, piracy continues unabated and those who enforce the law – police – only act when complaints are filed instead of keeping a regular tab on law breakers.

In raids at various locations in the capital, Delhi Police has found pirated copies of films like Great Grand Masti, Sultan, and Udta Punjab and arrested nine persons found guilty of not only selling pirated versions of these films but also pornographic contents.

The action followed a complaint by Balaji Telefilms about its forthcoming Great Grand Masti directed by Indra Kumar.

When police officers acting as potential customers approached some of the shops known to carry such films, they were offered up to fifty films for just Rs fifty for downloading on pendrives.

One report recently said over 1,50,000 people had downloaded the pirated version of Sultan.

A majority of those arrested are from Lajpat Rai Market, Old Lajpat Nagar market, Kotla Mubarakpur, Tughlakabad Extension, Old Seempuri, Malviya Nagar and Chandni Chowk areas.

Following complaints, around 20 teams of Crime Branch posing as potential buyers reached six different locations. The sellers agreed to copy the films on their pendrives for only Rs 50. .

During the raids, police also found pornographic content being sold by the sellers. All of the accused have been booked under IPC section 292 for selling pornographic material and Section 63 of Copy Right Act.

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