Mobiles, watches, electronic devices and others; counterfeit goods dominate Mumbai markets, police plan crackdown

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Bombay: Counterfeit products and fake versions of branded products are nothing new in India’s financial capital. However, according to the Mumbai Police, illegal trade, especially in electronics, is thriving in many places in the city. The Mumbai Police are planning to launch an intensive crackdown on these business units.
While the sale was previously limited to specific locations like the Heera Panna mall in Tardeo, counterfeit products now dominate markets in many other locations. Many sellers are venturing there due to their high profitability and high demand for “branded” products at cheaper rates, according to market experts.

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.

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