Six held for piracy; police claims racket linked with Pakistan

Six held for piracy; police claims racket linked with Pakistan

These persons used to send the pirated prints of Bollywood movies to their mastermind in Pakistan, who then circulated it throughout the world, police said.

All the accused were involved in stealing the masterprint of Ashutosh Gowariker-directed 'What's Your Raashee?' that releases in cinema halls on Friday, and making pirated DVDs, they said.

Rajesh Chaudhari, an associate vice president of UFO company which deals in digitalisation of movies, was arrested today while Durgadas Bhakta, manager of Adlbas, and  his associate Ajay Pal were arrested yesterday, police said.

Three others -- Afsar Hussain, Tanzim Sayed and Firoz Khan -- were arrested on Saturday. Police also recovered pirated DVDs of movies 'What's Your Rashee' and 'Dil Bole Hadippa' and Rs one lakh from the arrested persons.

"Chaudhari, without the knowledge of his company, used to copy movies sent to his lab for digital mastering," Maria said. Chaudhari used to give the prints to Bhakta who used to send it to another accused Tanzim.

"A person by name Asif is the mastermind behind the whole racket. Tanzim used to send the movie via internet to Asif, who is based in Karachi in Pakistan," Joint Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Maria told reporters here.

Asif used to then dispatch copies of the movie to various India cities like Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and also to other countries like Germany, Bangladesh, Austria and Indonesia.

He used to send money for the movies through hawala, Maria said, adding, it is presumed that Asif has connections with the underworld.

While Bhakta and Chaudhari were given Rs one lakh each, the other accused were paid anywhere between Rs 25,000 to Rs 10,000 for every movie, police said.

"This group has been operating since last six months and have sent 11 movies to Pakistan before their release," Maria said.

"The arrested accused have revealed the modus operandi of such groups across the country and we would seek help from the police of other states to curb this racket," he said.

All the accused have been sent to police custody by a local court till September 30.

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