T-Series conducts anti-piracy raid in Mumbai; six arrested

MUMBAI: Acting on a tip-off, music company T-Series in association with the Intellectual Property Cell of the Economic Offence Wing, Mumbai Police, raided a stall at Andheri West railway station recently.

The raid was conducted under the supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police (crime branch) Rakesh Maria and DCP Enforcement Sheela Sahil, in the presence of other senior police inspectors. The raid was headed by T-Series anti piracy cell head Vijay Kamble and his team.

The seized pirated discs were of various latest movies like Wanted, Blue, Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna, London Dreams as well as software and MP3 CDs. Six accused namely Shakir Sharif Shekh, Deepu Satyadev Pandey, Abdul Rahim Mushtaq Querashi, Naeenuddin Mohd. Hussain Turkiya Pathan, Mohd. Mohsein Mohd. Ali Shekh and Sunil Kumar Arjun Prasad Bhadani have been taken into police custody.

The accused were booked under sections 51, 52(A), 63, 68(A) of Copyright Act along with sections 292(2) A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for sale of obscene material and section 420 of IPC with a seizure of 1855 Hindi film discs, 2645 English film discs, 490 Marathi film discs, 2040 software discs, 1040 MP3s Songs CDs and 490 pornographic movie discs. The value of the seized material is to the tune of Rs 402,000.

T-Series creative director Divya Khosla Kumar said, "We have always been a serious player in this industry and to make music work among the masses. It is important that it makes money for the music companies who invest so much on songs and song picturisations. At T-Series, we spare no-expense and we come down strongly on pirates and those violating the copyright laws. The current matter is subjudice and hence we will not be able to comment on it."

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