Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) A huge cache of pirated CDs was seized and 11 people were arrested in this connection after raids in Chandigarh, Bathinda, Batala, Ludhiana and Amritsar cities, police said.
Acting on a tip-off by the Indian Music Industry (IMI), the raids were conducted and memory cards, 11 computers, DVD writers and many pen drives, along with CDs and DVDs, were seized, a police official said.
‘We are committed to fight against piracy and will ensure that 2010 yields good results. The Indian music industry is suffering from huge losses because of piracy that not only hurts the commercial interests of licensed manufacturers but is also damaging the country’s economic and social fabric,’ Savio D’Souza, general secretary, IMI, a consortium of 142 music companies, told reporters.
‘Piracy alone results in a loss of Rs.6,000 million annually to the Indian music industry,’ he pointed out.
The police recovered titles and MP3s of movies like ‘Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani’, ‘Singh is Kinng’, ‘De Dana Dan’, ‘Jannat’, and ‘Kismat Konnection’.