Police raid factory producing fake T20 merchandize

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Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 13:09 [IST]
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Colombo, Sep 20: Sri Lanka police raided a factory that had stored seized stocks of ICC World T20 merchandize on Wednesday, according to a senior officer.

WT20: Police raid fake ICC T20 stores

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Deputy Inspector-General Anura Senanayake confirmed that Sri Lanka police, acting on a complaint from International Cricket Council over trade mark infringements, raided a factory that was selling fake T20 World Cup merchandize.

"We have arrested a person who produced fake T-shirts and recovered stocks from several retail outlets," Senanayake told AFP.

He further added saying that "Investigations are underway."

According to ICC, a few local manufacturers had planned to come up with fake merchandize, including T-shirts of all the 12 countries participating in the event, which started on Tuesday.

While ICC chief Iain Higgins also stated that such activities were a 'menace' to all global events.

"The ICC is determined to protect not only the valuable commercial rights of its partners, but also the interests of the public who may find themselves unwittingly purchasing inferior counterfeit products," he said.

It was the same last year during ICC World Cup 2011, as Police raided a factory that was selling fake merchandize, as they were many shops that were selling such goods at a cheaper rate to make money and this was alarmed as action was taken immediately last year as well.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 20, 2012, 13:00 [IST]
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