Pirated books seized

NEW DELHI AUG. 10. Pirated books worth Rs. 25 lakhs, including that of the bestseller Harry Potter, were recovered from a Connaught Place shop by the Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch. One person has been arrested in this connection.

According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, EOW, Dinesh Bhatt, the Department had information that pirated books of foreign publications were being printed and sold at Connaught Place at much cheaper rates than original prices, causing huge loss to the publishers.

Consequently, raids were conducted at various places under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Amit Roy. The team recovered pirated versions of books penned by world renowned authors like J.K. Rowling, Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steele, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham and others.

However, the Crime Branch thinks that the most important seizure was that of the international bestseller, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. A resident of Dilshad Garden, Dinesh Kumar Shukla, was arrested in this connection. At his instance, the police conducted raids at various other places and recovered more pirated books. According to Mr. Bhatt, this is the second largest seizure this year. Earlier in March, the EOW had seized pirated books worth over Rs. 3 crores.