Around 42,000 CDs and DVDs of Hindi and English films worth more than Rs 42 lakh were seized in raids conducted by the Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police and Alliance Against Copyright Theft across Mumbai and Gujarat.
In one of the biggest joint raids conducted by a police team, led by Inspector S. Wagh of the Rabodi police station, and AA Khan and Associates, 23,500 pirated film DVDs were seized at a warehouse in Thane. The police also arrested Yusuf Abdullah Shaikh.
Of the 23,500 DVDs recovered, more than 2,000 were of the Imran Khan–Sonam Kapoor starrer I Hate Luv Storys, which released last week.
The police suspect that one Bansi from Shivaji Chowk in Ulhasnagar was involved in the piracy racket.
Officials of the Social Service Branch also seized 5,500 pirated CDs near Andheri railway station and arrested three men. In another raid nearby, 3,000 pirated DVDs of the latest Hindi and English films were found.
Three other raids were conducted near Bandra Talao including one on a small warehouse. A total of 2,270 pirated DVDs of recent movies, including Toy Story 3, Raajneeti and Kites, were seized. At a stall at Pali Naka, around 1,350 pirated DVDs were seized.
While the Santacruz police arrested a vendor after they found 1,160 pirated DVDs at his stall near Royal Hotel on Juhu Tara Road, the Nagpada police, led by Police Sub-Inspector Kishor Karat, seized more than 1,000 pirated CDs in another raid. “We will continue the raids to curb film piracy,” said S. Patil, an officer from the Social Service Branch.
In a joint operation by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch conducted at Godasar in Gujarat, the team raided a private premise where film DVDs were being duplicated. The police made an arrest and seized four DVD writers, and 700 film DVDs including Raavan, Raajneeti and Kites.