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POLICE ARRESTS 4 FOR SELLING FAKE HOSIERY ITEMS IN CITY Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Ahmedabad, May 15: The city crime branch arrested four persons late Monday evening for selling duplicate hosiery items under the brand name of ‘Roopa Hosiery’, and have seized goods worth Rs 1.5 lakhs.
The accused are Indrakumar Ahuja, owner of Maruti Enterprise at Mirghavad, Revdi bazaar, Sunilkumar Makhija of Sunilkumar Motiram & company at Revdi bazaar, Manojkumar alias Ayodhyasingh Chauhan of Shriram Apparels, Odhav and Gyanchand Seshani of Dimple hosiery.
The arrests followed a complaint lodged by Gujarat and Maharashtra agents of the “Roopa” brand Mohammed Asif Bhujanwala and Sashikant Kanoria respectively, and branch managers Mahendra Gupta and Darshan Nanavati, at the city crime branch.
The police have arrested all of them under sections 482, 483, 485 of the Indian Copyright Act and Trademark Act 78 and 79. The accuseds were produced in the metropolitan magistrate court on Tuesday where police has sought one-day remand.
According to the details given by crime branch police inspector Mr J L Jadeja, “The duplication was done at such a high rate that it affected the sales of the company drastically.” He further added that a pack of dozen duplicate pieces was sold at the cost of a single original piece, hence many shopkeepers opted for it.
In a short span of few months the duplicate goods have been made available at all the leading stores. “Those arrested are people belonging to the higher class of the society and have accepted that they sold duplicate material in order to earn more profit.”
PI Jadeja has said that the duplicate items look so exactly like the original ones that it is difficult for the citizens to make out which is the original one. Moreover, duplication has a good presence in the market in Gujarat.
In last three years many raids have been conducted where duplication of reputed brands have been seized. In May 1999, one person was arrested with duplicate Reliance textile worth Rs eight lakhs.
The accused was producing the textile under the brand name of Vimal and sold it in the local market. Another case was registered in September 2000 for selling duplicate Castrol oil.
According to the details, the accused, Amit Shah, a resident of Isanpur used to manufacture duplicate castrol at his residence and pack it in original cans. One more case was registered last month with the crime branch where duplication was done in M-seal under the brand name of Pidilite industries. Three persons were arrested for duplication.
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]