Boosted by a new ordinance that would put video pirates in jail for a minimum of 90 days, the crime branch has intensified its drive against video piracy in the city.
It has formed a dedicated squad to collect information about offenders.
Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime, Deven Bharati said on Thursday that the squad has been given the sole responsibility of collecting intelligence about piracy and coordinate raids with the help of the police.
The squad will function under the Social Service Branch (SSB) of the Crime Branch and report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Enforcement.
The squad will have 26 men and women of various ranks — two inspectors, an assistant police inspector, three police sub-inspectors and 20 constables, sources in the SSB said.
“Earlier, we would book the pirates under the Copyright Act which is bailable. Sometimes we apply IPC Section 420 (cheating). That too is a liberal section and the accused gets bail,” said an SSB officer. “They would be back on business as soon as they got bail.”