mobile phones, watches, electronics, etc .; Fake products rule Mumbai markets, police crackdown on plan

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Mumbai: Counterfeit products and fake versions of branded goods are nothing new to India’s financial capital. However, according to Mumbai Police, illicit businesses, especially electronic goods, are thriving in many locations in the city. Mumbai Police are planning a massive crackdown on such business units.
If earlier sale was limited to specific locations such as the Heera Panna Shopping Center in Tardeo, now fakes rule the markets in many other places. Market experts say that many sellers are venturing into it because of the high profitability and there is a great demand for “branded” products at cheaper prices.

On a tip-off from EIPR enforcers, Mumbai Police recently raided Gaurav Enterprises in Modi Street and Sainath Trading at Agyari Lane in Fort District and confiscated several counterfeit products from Canon, HP (Hewlett-Packard), Samsung and Epson several products other. Two people were also arrested.

In September, in a joint effort with the Crime Branch and Economic Crime Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police, Japan’s two-wheeler Honda tracked the large supply chain of counterfeit parts at Chembur and Grant Road. Police seized more than 1,500 counterfeit parts.

In another incident, the MRA Marg Police recently seized a big racket from stores in Manish Market and Saba Market in South Mumbai that allegedly sells counterfeit watches of top international brands and confiscated such watches worth Rs 1.06 crore. Fake models from Armani, Diesel, Fossil, G-Shock, Michael Kors and others were seized.

According to police officials, an effective raid is rarely possible as vendors often seem to have advanced knowledge of raids. The officers said that if the police caught a group, other groups would come out from the same link.

Apart from counterfeit goods, the illegal business network also sells defective products of original brands as well as stolen items. Some analysts note that the trade in counterfeit products has flourished during the pandemic.