Mobiles, watches, electronic devices and others; counterfeit goods dominate Mumbai markets, police plan crackdown
Acting on a tip-off from the Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR), Mumbai police recently raided Gaurav Enterprises at Modi Street and Sainath Trading at Agyari Lane in the Fort area and seized various counterfeit Canon, HP (Hewlett-Packard ), Samsung, Epson and many other products. Two people were also arrested.
In September, in a joint effort with the Crime Branch and the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police, Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Honda traced an extensive parts supply chain counterfeits at Chembur and Grant Road. The police seized more than 1,500 fake spare parts.
In a separate incident, MRA Marg Police recently busted a major racket of shops in Manish Market and Al Saba Market in South Mumbai which were allegedly selling fake watches from major international brands and seized these watches worth Rs 1.06 crore. Fake models from Armani, Diesel, Fossil, G-Shock and Michael Kors among others were seized.
According to police officials, an effective search is rarely possible because sellers often seem to have extensive knowledge of searches. If cops caught one group, many other groups of the same bond would come out, officers said.
Apart from counterfeits, the illegal trading network also sells defective products of original brands as well as stolen items. Some analysts note that the trade in counterfeit products has exploded during the pandemic period.