In a significant operation led by Mumbai’s Crime Branch, a substantial counterfeit shoe racket has been exposed in the bustling area of Bandra, Link Square Mall. Counterfeit sports shoes with a cumulative worth of ₹3.26 crore, falsely branded as prominent international companies like Adidas, Nike, and Converse, have been seized.
The Tip Off
The investigation was initiated following a tip off received by the property cell, revealing the presence of counterfeit footwear being sold under the guise of well known branded shoe companies within certain stores at Link Square Mall.
Officials swiftly acted upon this information. On Monday, they executed raids on three shops and three warehouses within the mall premises. The outcome was substantial, with the confiscation of counterfeit shoes prominently displaying the logos of Adidas, Nike, and Converse.
During the operation, the Crime Branch apprehended three individuals: Abdul Latif Sheikh (24), Akbar Mufeet Khan (42), and Mohammad Tariq Mohammad Farooq Sheikh (22). Subsequently, they were presented before the court and remanded to police custody until Friday.
As per a statement from a Crime Branch official, an intermediary from Delhi was instrumental in facilitating the purchase of these counterfeit shoes. The investigation is now extending its scope to ascertain the origin of these counterfeit products.
In an attempt to unearth the truth behind this illicit operation, representatives from the affected companies were summoned for questioning.
In response to these developments, a First Information Report (FIR) has been formally filed at Khar Police Station. This signals a pivotal moment in the ongoing investigation into this counterfeit shoe racket.
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