Huge pirated books seized, 9 held
An anti-piracy taskforce seized over 4,000 copies of pirated foreign books worth around Tk 30 lakh from two Kalabagan binding houses in the city yesterday.
Member Secretary Manzurur Rahman of the taskforce, which was created by the ministry of cultural affairs, led the drive and arrested nine employees -- six of Shatata Book Binders and three of Shimu Book Binders -- for doing the illicit business.
The owners of the binding houses at Free School Street were absent during the drive, and two cases were filed with the Kalabagan Police Station.
Manzurur said the seized books on medical and commerce education had been printed elsewhere, and are worth over Tk 30 lakh.
Also a registrar of copyright, Manzurur, said the yesterday's drive was part of their regular drive against pirated books and compact discs (CD).
On Tuesday, the taskforce seized around 1,000 pirated albums and non-brand illegal CDs including pornographies from some shops at Mirpur-1 Cooperative Market.
They also conducted the anti-piracy drive at Banglabazar and other places before Ramadan, said Manzurur, adding the drive will be on as piracy of books tarnish the image of the country abroad.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion and Kalabagan Police Station accompanied the taskforce.