Pirated CD racket involving child labourers busted

September 2nd, 2008 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 2 (IANS) The Lucknow police Tuesday claimed to have unearthed a major racket of pirated CDs and DVDs involving at least half a dozen kids who were coerced into the crime.The scam was busted after crime branch sleuths raided a house in the Naka locality here after “one of the boys escaped and informed the police about (the racket)”, additional superintendent of police Manish Mishra told IANS.

The kids were forcefully engaged in making the pirated CDs, the police

“They are aged between 11 and 14 years and have no computer knowledge,” Mishra said.

The police recovered 224 CD writers, 28 CD copiers, 26,000 fake CDs and DVDs of various Bollywood and Hollywood movies, besides porn movies, and over one million wrappers of various films.

“The recovery is estimated to be above Rs.5 million and we also arrested the two accused, Rajdeep Chhabra and Govind Chhabra, who ran the racket,” Mishra added.

The minors used to work from 9 p.m. to 6.30 a.m. and were kept locked inside the copying room till the completion of their daily work.

“Most of the minors belong to poor families of the rural outskirts of the city and other neighbouring districts and were paid nominal labour charges for the work”, Mishra said.

The accused have been booked under various sections of Copyright Act, Child Labour Act, Bonded Labour Act and the Indian Penal Code, the police officer said.

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