Indian group conducts anti-piracy raid


NEW DELHI -- Industry body Indian Music Industry (IMI) on Monday said that it conducted an anti-piracy raid in Delhi with local police on Nov. 9 in which pirated CDs and other goods with a street value of more than $4.5 million (200 million rupees) were seized.

The raid on a factory in West Delhi operating under the name of Dugobs Replication Co. saw police recovering over 90,000 CDs, a molding unit and a printing and packing unit. The plant owner was arrested and taken into custody pending further investigations.

IMI president V. J. Lazarus said in a statement: "IMI has been working for the last 10 years to control piracy and in the last four months itself, it has conducted raids on two of Delhi's biggest CD plants. We have reason to believe that this is a piracy network spanning the whole of Northern India. We will fight for justice against these pirates till the very end."

An earlier raid in July 2006 in Delhi led to a seizure of illicit goods worth $6.6 million (300 million rupees).