Hazaribagh SP Manoj Kaushik on Saturday asked for an FIR to be filed against two persons, who had posed as anti-piracy branch officials of one Shakshi Music Company and raided several city shops last week.
The duo, in the guise of cracking down on violators flouting copyright rules, had also collected close to Rs 7 lakh in fine. They then mysteriously disappeared with the money raising suspicions and prompting the police to launch a probe.
Sources said the duo — identified as S.P. Kushwaha and Mithilesh Singh — had conducted the raids as anti-piracy wing officials of Sakshi Music Company on Wednesday and Thursday.
Later, they had even summoned the violators to sadar police station, where sources said they collected close to Rs 7lakh in fines. Surprisingly though, neither the shopkeepers nor the police bothered to check the authenticity of the claims made by the duo.
The fraud came to light on Friday when two members — Binod Banerjee and Rupesh — of the anti-piracy wing of Angle Music Video Private Limited reached Hazaribagh on a regular check.
The miffed shopkeepers cornered the duo and charged the anti-piracy teams of extorting money from them in the guise of checks. They then told the duo about the earlier raid.
Smelling a rat, Banerjee and Rupesh got in touch with the SP and blew the lid off the fraud. They said though Kushwaha was earlier associated with Sakshi Music Company, he no longer worked for them.
Kaushik said he had directed all the duped shopkeepers to file an FIR.