Arrests in India on Pirated Book Charges


By Carmen Comment

Six people were arrested for distribution and printing of pirated books worth Rs.135 million in the national capital, reports the Indo-Asian News Service. According to police, raids were conducted after a complaint from some foreign publishing houses, including the Publishers Association of United Kingdom, HarperCollins, Random House and Hodder Headline. They claimed that a well-established clandestine network involved in the printing and distribution of high-value pirated books was operating in Delhi.

After establishing the information, raids were conducted at five locations and the accused were arrested on March 30 with 13,500 pirated books of foreign publishers – mainly best-selling titles such as the Harry Potter series, YOU CAN WIN, ANGELS & DEMONS and THE DA VINCI CODE, police said. The leader of the pirate books ring, Mohamed Safiq, is still at large.