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Hyderabad police’s shocking detailed statement on Baahubali 2 piracy

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad has released a detailed statement demystifying the piracy of Baahubali 2 and the gang behind the same.

“A special team of Cyber Crime PS, CCS, DD, Hyderabad apprehended a gang of accused hailing from New Delhi and Bihar involved in creating a pirated copy of Rajamouli’s box office hit Movie #Baahubali-The Conclusion and blackmailing the producers on the pretext of circulating it on internet.
Details of the accused:
A1-Rahul Mehta 26yrs, R/o:-Prithampura, New Delhi
A-2 Jitender Kumar Mehta 37 years r/o Ranibagh, New Delhi,
A-3 Tauffiq 27 Yrs., R/o Jama Masjid, Delhi
A-4 Mohd. Ali @ Tony 39 Yrs., R/o Sulthanpuri, Delhi
A-5 Divakar Kumar R/o Bibusarai, Bihar
A-6 Chandan R/o Patna, Bihar
A-7 Monu @ Ankit Kumar R/o Bibusarai, Bihar (absconding)
Facts of the case:
Facts are that on 29-04-2017 received a complaint from Sri Prasad Devineni, for Arka Media works Entertainment Ltd., Hyderabad stating that on the very first day of the release a pirated HD quality version of their blockbuster movie Baahubali-The Conclusion film was copied and were blackmailed by the perpetrators that unless they pay up certain amount, they shall launch the copy on internet. The Pirates approached them through one Rahul Mehta in Delhi, who communicated in the garb of a supposed Anti-Piracy agency. He sent a sample video to establish his claim of piracy and further said they shall hold the release of Piracy for three days unless further payments are received. The said Rahul is an absconding accused in an earlier Case registered against a Piracy syndicate for the first part of Baahubali, back in July 2015. Based on the above complaint, a case in Cr.No. 114/2017 was registered and investigation taken up.
During the course of investigation, on a tip off, on 11-05-2017, the prime accused Rahul Mehta was apprehended at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. On enquiry, he confessed to have committed this offence along with other accused persons Viz., A-2 Jitender Mehta, A-3 Tauffiq and A-4 Mohd. Ali @ Tony. Certain incriminating material viz. Laptop, Hard Disks, Tabs, HDMI Video Capture, HDMI to RCA converter along with accessories were seized from his possession.
A special team was sent to Delhi and apprehended the accused persons A-2 Jitender Kumar Mehta, A-3 Tauffiq and A-4 Mohd. Ali @ Tony from the office of A-1 Rahul Mehta at Raja Park, Ranibagh, Delhi on the same day and seized mobile phones and Service Tax Registration form on the name of Anti Film Piracy Cell Form and other incriminating material from their possession and produced them before the concerned Hon’ble Delhi Court. The Accused persons A2 & A3 had previous criminal record and were arrested by Omiti Police, Jabalpur, MP in Cr. No.432/2015 in similar case of Piracy of “Baahubali- The Beginning” movie in 2015. The gang is involved in perpetrating Movie piracies in organized manner.
Further, enquiry with the accused revealed that one Mr. Chandan of Patna and his associates had supplied the pirated copy on FTP server to them. The gang further hatched a plan to blackmail the producers of Baahubali-II and demanded a ransom of Rs 15,00,000/- to stop the pirated version from uploading on internet.
A special team was further deployed for Patna, wherein two other accused A5) Divakar Kumar and A6) Chandan were arrested from Bihar and are being produced before the concerned local court for obtaining Transit. The accused revealed that when the movie is broadcasted in theatres through UMW digital servers in an encrypted mode with unique water marks generating an encryption key to be used by the distributors, which in turn is used by theatre owners for decryption and display/broadcasting. One of the accused Divakar is an owner of theatre Veena Cinema at Tivhra (V), Bibusarai District, Bihar. The accused persons Monu and Divakar (theatre owner) copied the digital HD copy of the movie by applying the encrypted key using HDMI and created a high-quality pirated version of the same to blackmail the producers and also illegally and unauthorizedly upload the same on the internet to make easy money. The case is under investigation.
The General public are warned not to encourage viewing Pirated Copies of Movies or other intellectual property, as it is an offence attracting the provisions of Copy Right Act and also causing irreparable loss to the genuine copy right holder and artists etc.
Dy. Commissioner of Police – CCS, DD, Hyderabad.”

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