Baahubali 2 : 6 Arrested In Hyderabad For Piracy As They Tried To Extort Money From The Makers

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Out of the six arrested one is the owner of a theatre in Bihar. According to the Police, the gang regularly makes pirated copies of Bollywood films.

Yesterday, it was reported that a team of hackers have launched a worldwide attack on internet with a ransomware named WannaCry. They have reportedly stolen the copy of Disney’s Johnny Depp starrer Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Part5) and are now threatening the production house that they will leak the movie unless they are paid a huge amount in bitcoins.

A special cyber crime team in Hyderabad has busted a gang, allegedly involved in producing pirated version of the latest blockbuster -‘Baahubali 2- The Conclusion’. The group also blackmailed the producers that they will release it on the internet. They had demanded Rs 15 lakh from the makers and threatened to circulate a pirated copy if their demand isn’t met from Karan Johar and other producers of the film.

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Police have arrested 6 members of this group from Delhi and Bihar. They seized mobile, laptops, hard disks, tabs, HDMI video capture, HDMI to RCA converter, along with other accessories. The same gang was booked for piracy of the first installment of the film – Baahubali : The Beginning too.

Explaining the modus operandi of the gang, deputy Commissioner of Police, CCS, Avinash Mohanty had said that the hi-tech gang operated film piracy syndicate in a very organised manner. One of the accused, Divaker, is the owner of Veena Cinema theatre in Bibusarai district of Bihar. The accused copied the digital HD copy of the movie and created a pirated version of the same to illegally upload it on the internet and make easy money.

On April 29, 2017, producer Prasad Devineni filed a complaint with police, stating that on the first day of the release, a pirated HD quality version of Baahubali was copied and we were blackmailed to pay lakhs of rupees to stop pirated version from being uploaded on the internet.

However, investigations into the case revealed a very concerning trend. This is the first reported case in India, where pirates were found blackmailing the big producers. One of the accused, Rahul Mehta from Delhi, in the garb of the fake anti-piracy agency, negotiated the deals of the pirates with the producers. He is claiming to have been in touch with big production houses in Bollywood as well.

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