Crime Branch seized duplicate mobile phones, flip covers, adapters, batteries, Bluetooth, head-phones and other products collectively worth Rs 18 lakh. The raid was carried out along with Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR) representatives.
In a major success, Nagpur Crime Branch along with Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR) on Wednesday (May 28) raided and busted a gang of shopkeepers indulging in selling duplicate cell phones and accessories under the brand name of Samsung, the giant company dealing in wide range of mobile phones across the world. The cops seized duplicate mobile phones and accessories collectively worth Rs 18 lakh and arrested 6 accused.
The raid was result of a well-planned operation. First the EIPR representatives, authorized by Samsung to keep a watch on bogus dealing in their products, met Sunil Kolhe, DCP Crime Branch and apprised him of bogus trade off. The DCP Kolhe, in a quick action, directed the Social Security Branch (SSB) PI Bajirao M Powar to get for a raid. Subsequently, PI Bajirao Powar, API Barapatre, PSI Kohale, and other staff along with EIPR representatives carried out the raid on six shops in Modi No. 2 and 3 (Lane) in Sitabuldi.
The raid was carried out on six shops 1) Vanya Enterprises run by Kalpesh Bhagwanji Sugandh, 2) Sunny Mobiles run by Sunny Chandumal Chugh, 3) Manish Market run by Vijay Anil Ahuja, 4) Komal Mobile World run by Kishore Harishkumar Kupvani, 5) White House run by Vijay Shitalkumar Makhijani and 6) Manish Pargue (Market) run by Harish Rameshlal Kundwani. During the raid, the EIPR representatives and the cops came across duplicate Samsung accessories including mobiles, flip covers, adapters, batteries, Bluetooth, head-phones and other products that were being sold under the brand name of Samsung. All the six shopkeepers were arrested and the duplicate products worth Rs 17,97,668 were seized from the shops.
When Nagpur Today Crime Reporter contacted PI Bajirao Powar for further details, the PI confirmed the raid and arrest of six accused. PI Powar further said that the police are investigating all the angles of the crime like from where the duplicate products in such huge quantity came, other places in city where these duplicate products could be stored and sold, names of other gang members and other facts.
The EIPR representatives had received a tip off that duplicate products under the brand name of Samsung were being stored and sold by the accused shopkeepers. Subsequently, a watch was kept on the activities these traders for the past 15 days. After confirmation of the fact, help of Crime Branch was taken and the raid was carried out. Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR) provides information, analysis, training, advice and products to governments, businesses and individuals in order to mitigate the growing risks associated with white-collar crimes, misuse of property, intrusions to computer networks, e-commerce site construction and usage, fraud, physical attacks, threats, violence, and uninformed decisions based upon incomplete or inaccurate information.