More than 84,000 pirated DVDs and VCDs of latest films, including other stationary, amounting to Rs 85 lakh, was seized by the Social Service branch of the Mumbai police last week.
In all, 40 persons have been arrested from different parts of the city, the police said.
The raids were conducted with the help of the Alliance Against Copyright Theft (AACT), a coalition between Hollywood-Bollywood studios to fight piracy in India.
During the raids, the police seized 2,000 inlay cards, 1,400 blank DVDs, three computers and 42 DVD writers. The DVDs seized were of the latest releases such as Break Ke Baad, Harry Potter 7, Guzaarish, Action Replayy, Golmaal 3.
On November 22, at Badlapur, the police seized 29,387 pirated DVDs, and one person was arrested. An FIR was also filed at the Badlapur police station.
The same day, the police also raided a video library and a godown at Shivaji Nagar, Govandi and seized 4,600 pirated DVDs, including 22 DVD writers, amounting to Rs 4.85 lakh.
On November 26, a warehouse in Bandra (West) was raided and 7,700 pirated DVDs were seized, including blank DVDs worth Rs 1.2 lakh. Two persons were arrested.
Statistics corroborated by the police and the AACT state that the agencies have received more than 1,500 calls during in a week last month.
Social service officers said the toll-free number has helped the police in cracking down the manufacturers and traders of pirated DVDs and CDs. “As soon as we get information we raid the place without giving the manufacturers and sellers time to flee. This will continue in future too,” said senior police inspector D Shinde from the SS Branch.
Rajiv Dalal, managing director (MPAA-India), on behalf of the AACT said, “It is imperative that we continue to up the pressure not just on retailers but also their sources.”