The Central Crime Branch busted a pirated DVD racket and captured seven persons. They seized almost 16,000 pilfered DVDs worth Rs. 60 lakh. The racket is evaluated to have created a loss of around Rs. 700 crore to the film business in the previous two years, they guarantee.
Piracy gang found: estimated loss 700 crores
On Wednesday, Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi exposed the business as typical. He said the suspected kingpin, Krishna Reddy (50), is an inhabitant of Ramamurthynagar. He would send his partner, Rajesh, to watch the first show of recently released movies. Rajesh would record the film on a camera.
After the film, he would race to Deepanjali Nagar, Byatarayanapura to record it on DVDs. The group had discharged DVDs of recently released Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Kannada films, cartoon movies and porn movies.
In view of a tip-off, police captured Basavaraju, who printed the DVDs in a leased house; Rajendra and Venkatesh, who printed the spreads and wrappers for the CDs; Kamalesh, who supplied the DVDs; and Rangesh and Imran, who transported the DVDs to different destinations. Agent Commissioner of Police (Crime) R. Ramesh said they would be occupied under the Goonda Act.
As indicated by Mr. Reddi, the gang had made lakhs of prints and despatched them over the State. Police said that Krishna Reddy is a constant criminal who is included in comparative offenses in Andhra Pradesh. The Hyderabad Task Force had captured him in 2000. Not long after in the wake of getting out on safeguard, he moved base to Ballari and later to Bengaluru.
District police discovered resting. The theft racket has gotten the jurisdictional Byatarayanapura police resting. The CCB learnt that the GANG had been running the racket for as far back as two years from a leased house in Deepanjalinagar. Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi said that he had looked for a clarification from the jurisdictional police.