Lazarus: 'We will fight until the end.'

Local labels group the Indian Music Industry (IMI) says it conducted an anti-piracy raid in New Delhi on Nov. 9 in which illicit CDs and other goods were seized with a street value of more than 200 million rupees ($4.5 million).

The raid, on a factory in West Delhi operating under the name of Dugobs Replication Co., saw police and IMI officials recover over 90,000 CDs (mainly domestic repertoire) and almost 1 million inlay cards and equipment.

Officials seized 19 CD stampers, a molding unit and a printing and packing unit. The plant owner, identified by authorities solely as "Hiranand," was arrested and taken into custody pending further investigations.

IMI president V. J. Lazarus said today (Nov. 13) in a statement, "IMI has been working for the last 10 years to control piracy and in the last four months itself, it has conducted raids on two of Delhi's biggest CD plants. We have reason to believe that this is a piracy network spanning the whole of Northern India. We will fight for justice against these pirates till the very end."

A raid in July in New Delhi led to a seizure of illicit goods worth over 300 million rupees ($6.6 million).