Porn racket in Mumbai mall

A huge racket has been busted.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 16:09 IST

In a sting operation carried out by the Mumbai Police, on Friday night, has busted a huge pornography racket running at the posh Indraprastha shopping centre in Borivali in Mumbai.

Twenty-nine people have been arrested in the scam for selling pornographic Multimedia Message Service (MMS) clips.

Police sources said they caught the accused when they went posing as decoy customers to five shops at the shopping mall.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Dattatray Karale said: "We had information. We sent dummy customers and then caught them red-handed".

The raid lasted for three hour and was conducted on a tip-off from a copyright company.

The Police asked the shopkeepers whether they had sleazy mobile clips. The salesmen offered them various packages and even gave them an exchange offer for the chips.

All the accused and the alleged kingpins in the racket Ubaid Abdul Fruitwalla and Mangesh Jain will be presented in the court today.

In the raid the police confiscated computers, mobile phones, memory cards, CD writers and other electronic equipment worth more than Rs 2 lakh.

According to the Police, pornographic material is sold at prices ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 1000 a clip depending on their freshness and content.

The police claims most of the customers are youngsters but they have not been able to trace any prospective buyers of pornographic clips so far.

The shop owners are accused of transferring sex clips from mobile chips to customers' phones and selling porn CDs. They have been charged under Information Technology Act and Copyright Act under the IPC Act, Karle said.

Investigations are being conducted into the pornography racket. It is being investigated whether this racket was being operated by a private agency or the porn matter was just being downloaded from the Internet.

"We had earlier conducted a similar raid in the same shopping arcade which has become a hub of these sleazy clips," said Karale.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 16:09 IST