MUMBAI: SS Branch and Mumbai Police along with AA Khan & Associates raided 2 locations in Mumbai and seized over 4500 pirated DVDs and CDs worth over Rs 2,65,000.
The pirated CDs and DVDs included last week’s releases: Ram Gopal Varma’s Rann and Vishal Bharadwaj’s Ishqiya. Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots and Salman Khan starrer Veer, Marathi movies Jhenda and Natrang and yet to be released English movie, Law Abiding Citizen were the other titles that were seized.
The first raid was conducted at Andheri West, in a Godown next to the railway station where around 2000 pirated CDs and DVDs were seized at the location. The total value of the confiscated goods was around Rs 1,27,000. The next raid carried out at Matunga West near the railway station uncovered 2730 pirated CDs and DVDs. The DVDs and CDs found included Hindi movies like Ishqiya, Rann, Veer and 3 Idiots. Goods confiscated were pegged at around Rs 1,42,000.
The raids were conducted by a 4 member team from AA Khan & Associates. The raid in Andheri was carried out by DN Nagar Police station along with 2 members from AA Khan & Associates. The other 2 members of the team carried out the raid at Matunga along with SS Branch. The coming week will witness the release of the Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer, My Name is Khan and AA Khan & Associates will keep a watch for pirates indulging in piracy of the movie.
Former IPS officer & Ex. ATS Chief AA Khan says, "Piracy is a serious offence and one which is rampant within major parts of the city. We along with Mumbai Police are dedicated to the cause of arresting the increase of such activities. However, the job of the police is nullified since the common man goes and purchases movies from such pirates. People need to remember that besides denying the creators of the content their fair share, the proceeds from such sales fund several illegal activities including terrorism in India and abroad."
The people who have been arrested are Salimuddin Khan, Raju Prakash Teli, Dinesh Amrutlal Gupta and Santosh Kumar Sahu. The accused were booked under sections 51, 52(A), 63, 68(A) of the Copyright Act of 1957.
In the last one month AA Khan & Associates were instrumental in raiding around 20 locations in Mumbai and seizing goods worth lakhs of rupees.