After two major raids by Special Task Force (STF) in Uttar Pradesh, Meerut and Amroha have uncovered huge shipments of pirated textbooks worth crores of rupees intended for distribution across the country for the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT). And according to the STF, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The STF raided a godown and printing press unit in Meerut hours after seizing more than 10 lakhs of pirated NCERT books worth Rs 35 crores. On Saturday, a similar press was seized for the publishing of duplicate NCERT books.
A significant consignment of pirated NCERT textbooks and printing machines has been retrieved from the warehouse. STF believed that the huge haul was on the lines of recovery made in Meerut and that the exact seizure figures are yet to be taken into account.
Sachin Gupta, a resident in Meerut and the suspected Kingpin, still lives, though some of his warehouse and press staff were detained by the police on Friday. Sachin is said to be the nephew of Sanjeev Gupta, the city vice-president of BJP.
The owner of the warehouse from which the printing machines in Meerut were recovered is said to be Sanjeev Gupta, who is also an accused in the case. BJP has suspended Sanjeev from the party after the expose, Mukesh Singhal, the city president of the party, told TOI.
Earlier on Friday, questioning of detained suspects indicated a similar activity of publishing pirated NCERT books operated by one of Gupta’s associates from Amroha following a raid at the Gajraula warehouse.
Police have now registered an FIR in the two-day operation that includes raids at several locations based on its capture. Eight people were booked including Kingpin Sachin and his uncle Sanjeev.
Senior officials said that the recoveries in Meerut and Amroha could be only the “tip of the iceberg”. “We are yet to determine the scale of operation as the probe could reveal more associates and partners in the business where Meerut was acting as a hub,” an STF sleuth said.
Source: The Times of India