The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday, September 23, busted a fake watch racket and has seized over 5,281 fake watches worth Rs 1 crore. The crime branch raided a factory that produced fake watches that imitated branded companies such as Calvin Klien, Movado Swiss, Fastrack. In the raid, they discovered all the materials and spare parts needed to make those fake watches amounting to Rs 20,97,450. The police have reportedly arrested three accused in the matter.
During their investigation, the police found out that the manufactured fake watches were sent for sale to various street vendors in Mumbai. They discovered the factory based in Sarang street in Kalbadevi, South Mumbai where these types of fake watches were being sold. The police seized fake watches from brands such as Calvin Klein, Fastrack, Fossil, Rolex, Guess, Rado, Hublot, Diesel, Longines, Tag Heuer, Tissot, Cartier worth over Rs 1 crore. The police later arrested the owner of the company and sent him for further investigation.
Apart from being sold on the streets of Mumbai, these watches were also sold online on various social media accounts. The police found out various advertisements on various social media accounts promoting the sales of these fake watches. The sale of these watches is not just limited to Mumbai but also to different parts of Maharashtra the police confirmed. The police are now trying to contact the companies of which the fake copies were made and sold for further investigation.
Earlier, The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on September 19 seized over Rs 71 lakh foreign currency from Ativ Mehta an Indian national at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), Mumbai. Mehta was on his way to Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific flight from Terminal 2 of CSMIA, when he was frisked by the officials.
According to reports, during the pre-embarkation check on September 19, a CISF jawan noticed Mehta walking around the airport in a suspicious manner and stopped him at around 8.30 pm. Mehta was frisked and when he was asked to open his bag. Apparently, he panicked and showed reluctance in opening his luggage.