Pirates of Bollywood – Copyrights, Legal Thriller, Novel, Piracy, Crime – Episode 24
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Authored by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala
Despite sincere efforts of the crime branch, Viren’s murder remained a mystery, and all leads hit dead ends. The farthest Helen could get with her efforts to elicit police interest in Viren’s death was merely a few raised brows. The incidents never went out of Helen’s mind though, they circled around in her head like bees and she kept spinning theories based on whatever little evidence she had on hand.
Three months after the incident, Helen sat at her desk, reviewing for the nth time the files of Viren and the other IP lawyers, who had met the same fate as Viren, when her telephone rang. Shivaji was on the line. “Helen, it is time to get moving with the orders. The wait is finally over.”
Excited with the news, Helen asked, “The teams are prepared, sir. When can we go?”
“This afternoon, 2 p.m. make sure that our boys don’t tamper with the evidence. We don’t want stapled cds, or drilled diskettes.”
“That won’t happen, sir. I reviewed the procedure with them several times.”
“Don’t be so confident Helen. They are damn good at springing surprises.”
“I understand, sir. I will stay vigilant.” As soon as she hung up, the old clock in the room struck 12 indicating that she had only 2 hours to go, just enough time to instruct all the station officers. To prevent tip offs, Helen deliberately withheld information about the exact plan and time of the raids. The nexus between the police and the criminals was well known to all and Helen did everything possible to keep the surprise element alive. After methodically passing orders to all stations, Helen grabbed a quick lunch with Atre and started on her pirate chase. Their duty, as per Shivaji’s instructions, was to physically monitor as many raids as possible. The raid at their first stop, Andheri West, the seat of many leading film production houses was uneventful. They accompanied a group of police men into a dilapidated warehouse, well known to keep stocks of pirated discs, and seized hundreds of them after arresting three, unusually submissive men. Then, Helen stopped at Oshiwara police station, Best Colony, and Link Road, without incident, before reaching Malad. After a short conversation with the inspector supervising the raids in the area, Helen turned pensive and instructed her driver to head to Chincholi Bunder Road.
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