Our team got informed about three targets located in the same vicinity of Mumbai manufacturing counterfeit apparel of a top international brand. These targets operate only at night so as to keep the entire process confidential.
The targets were put on surveillance by our team to monitor the activities and once the details got confirmed and approval received by the client, the team immediately initiated the process of liasoning with the crime branch of that area. After reconfirmation of the stock availability at the target stores, the team consisting of our members and eight special officers from the crime branch (divided into two teams) went to the target location. While Team 1 visited the manufacturing unit, Team 2 visited the five wholesaler shops. During the process, chaos was created in the whole market; the market association people even came out to support the shop owners and threaten our team members. However, our team stood strong and conducted the raid successfully at both places.
Due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic, the shops, and the unit were opening intermittently. This further made it difficult for the team to continuously monitor the activities of the counterfeiters.
A successful enforcement action was taken against the counterfeiters by lodging an FIR under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 51 and 63 of the Copyright Act. All the counterfeit stock was seized, and the accused were arrested from the spot and brought to the police station.
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