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Man helping piracy syndicate arrested

Neeraj Mundra ruined many hopes and destroyed institutions for a paltry consideration of Rs 20,000 to 22,000. However, the 33-year-old owner of a film post-production laboratory ran out of luck when the Crime Branch arrested him on Thursday in connection with a film piracy syndicate.

mumbai Updated: Oct 02, 2009 01:39 IST
HT Correspondent

Neeraj Mundra ruined many hopes and destroyed institutions for a paltry consideration of Rs 20,000 to 22,000.

However, the 33-year-old owner of a film post-production laboratory ran out of luck when the Crime Branch arrested him on Thursday in connection with a film piracy syndicate.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said Neeraj, who owns Om Laboratories at the Mahalaxmi Industrial Estate in Andheri (W) was arrested along with Arun Brahmadev Jha (45), an employee in his firm, for helping the piracy syndicate in preparing the counterfeits. With the two, the total number of arrests in the case has gone upto 16.

According to Maria, Arun, who works as a marketing manager in the post-production company — engaged in film editing and sound effects for four years — came across the two main operatives of a piracy syndicate — Jogeshwari-based Imran Sheikh (26) and Ashfaq Beig (31) — almost two years ago. He then introduced the duo to Neeraj who was then induced to work for the piracy syndicate.

Imran and Ashfaq, who were arrested on Tuesday, would steal the film prints from godowns, a day before their release, with the help of loaders.

Once the print was obtained, it would then be dispatched to Neeraj’s laboratory where it would be converted to digital format from the original Beta format — on Telecine machines — and burnt in DVDs.

Maria said while Neeraj used to charge Rs 20-22,000 for every digital conversion, Arun was paid Rs 20,000.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the crime branch arrested a Dongri-based hawala operator in connection with the piracy syndicate.