The Social Service Branch (SSB) of the Mumbai police conducted raids at four places across the city on Saturday and seized pirated CDs and DVDs worth Rs 42 lakh, manufactured outside the city.
The seized DVDs and CDs include some of the latest Bollywood and Hollywood releases such as Kites, Iron Man 2, Shrek 4 and Badmash Company.
The police along with the recently formed joint task force from the Bollywood and Hollywood studios and an anti-piracy agency from Mumbai conducted the raids.
Six stalls, selling the pirated DVDs, were raided at Chembur on Saturday where 4,500 discs were found and three men who were selling them were taken into custody.
Another raid at four stalls in Powai resulted in the seizure of 1,800 DVDs.
The Nallasopara and Mira Road Police stations found another 350 pirated discs in twin raids, which were conducted along with members of the Cine Copyrights Investigation.
The police arrested Devi Singh, the owner of the stalls. “We arrested Singh under the Copyright Act,” said Police Sub Inspector S. Tambe from the Nallasopara police station.
During the investigation, it was found that the stall owners smuggled the DVDs from Buldana. Following the raids in the city, the United Copyright Protection Association (UCPA) conducted a major raid at a shop in Buldana city called "Sansar", where they seized 15,000 pirated DVDs, 3,000 inlay cards and 1 burner with 9 inbuilt DVD writers.
Material worth Rs 25 lakh was seized in the raids. Kasturchand Jajad, the owner of the manufacturing unit was arrested by the police.