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Censor Board office raided; Premam’s copy seized

Censor Board office raided; Premam’s copy seized

Thiruvananthapuram: The anti-piracy cell of Kerala Police, which is probing the piracy of hit Malayalam film 'Premam', Friday raided the Censor Board office in the state capital and seized the censor copy of the film.

The cell had last night given the Censor Board officials a deadline till Friday noon to hand over the copy.

The Anti-Piracy cell officials said the copy was seized when the board officials failed to hand it over.

So far three teenagers, aged 15-19 and hailing from Kollam who had uploaded the pirated CD on the internet have been arrested. Several persons involved in the making of the film have been questioned.

The probe in the case began after the film's producer, Anwar Rasheed filed an email complaint when pirated versions appeared on the internet, eating into the revenues of the film, which was running into packed houses until then.

The Anti-Piracy cell officials had recorded the statement of director Alphonse Puthren from Kochi.

The issue also had its echo in the assembly on Wednesday with Home minister Ramesh Chennithala stating that the state government had decided to strengthen the anti piracy cell to crack down on the illegal distribution of movies on print, videos and electronic files in the internet and social media.

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