Hyderabad police arrest 6 people for trying to blackmail Baahubali producers

Hyderabad police arrest 6 people for trying to blackmail Baahubali producers

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Hyderabad police have arrested six persons for allegedly trying to extort money from Karan Johar and other producers of the blockbuster film Bahubali 2: The Conclusion, by threatening to circulate a pirated copy.

Deputy commissioner of police Avinash Mohanty told PTI that the men arrested in the case demanded Rs 15 lakh from the producers of the film in exchange of not uploading a copy on the internet.

According to the police, Devineni received a call from one Rahul Mehta, claiming to be a representative of an "anti-piracy agency" who informed that a pirated High-Definition (HD) print of the film was in his possession. Charan is reportedly in talks with a couple of top producers of Bollywood.

Police arrested Rahul Mehta (26), Jitender Kumar Mehta (37) Taufiq (27) Md Ali (39) all from Delhi. As per the agency, Mehta was arrested on May 11 from Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad. The three were arrested in Delhi the next day. Divakar Kumar (owner of Veena Cinema Hall at Teghra Begusarai in Bihar) and Chandan from Patna, while another accused Monu from Begusarai, Bihar is absconding.

Interestingly, Jitender and Toufiq were also arrested in 2015 for making a pirated copy of "Baahubali: The Beginning", the first movie in the successful franchise.

With the increasing menace of piracy, several popular Bollywood films had to bear the brunt of it after their copies were leaked online leading producers to incur heavy losses. However, Monu, a former employee of one of the satellite broadcasters of the movie who copied the movie, managed to escape. Now, the piracy threat was used to blackmail the makers of the biggest blockbuster of the year, Baahubali 2 - The Conclusion.