In an attempt to make easy money, a gang approached the production team of Bahubali 2- The conclusion and threatened them for leaking the HD print of the blockbuster online if their demand of Rs 15 lakhs is not met.
The Cyber Crime sleuths of the CCS received a complaint on April 29 from Prasad Devineni, a representative of Bahubali’s production firm Arka Mediaworks Entertainment Ltd. who alleged that a pirated HD version of the movie was made with an intention to extort money. He also said that they were approached by Rahul Mehta over the phone who claimed to be a member of an anti-piracy agency. He also revealed that he has the pirated HD print of the movie and demanded Rs 15 Lakhs to refrain the uploading of the movie online.
The Cyber Crime sleuths of Hyderabad busted an inter-state movie piracy gang for illegally downloading HD print of ‘Bahubali – The Conclusion’ from a theatre in Bihar and blackmailing the producers for money. It is reported that they even blackmailed filmmaker Karan Johar.
Police has arrested Rahul Mehta (26), Jitender Kumar Mehta (37), Taufiq (27), Md Ali (39), from Delhi, Divakar Kumar of Begusarai in Bihar and Chandan from Patna. Another accused Monu, also from Begusarai, is absconding.
The Cyber Crime police has also registered a case (crime number 114/2017). On May 11, the accused Rahul Mehta was also arrested at Jubilee Hills who confessed and admitted the involvement of Jitender Mehta, Taufiq and Md Ali. A special team arrested them in Delhi.
Another team sent to Patna arrested Chandan and on the basis of his confession arrested Divakar, owner of Veena Cinema Hall at Tivhra in Begusarai. The latter confessed that Monu had helped him in copying the digital print of the Bahubali sequel with the digital key supplied by the distributor.