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Caveat emptor takes on more meaning in Bhopal, for what you buy may not be what you get

Contrabrand Capital
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Contrabrand Capital
outlookindia.com
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The list of products that are churned out from this faux assembly line is well-nigh endless, ranging from consumable items such as ghee, biscuits and vegetable oil, to cosmetics, electrical goods, utility products such as pressure cookers and even automobile tyres. A full-fledged cottage industry that has mushroomed along the fringes of the city's residential areas has turned out to be the source of much embarrassment and despair for the local police.

It's not a simple affair of doing rip-offs of popular products—which some like to see as a mark of pesky but harmless local ingenuity. Some of those involved in the racket also adulterate branded products in their quest for that fast buck. The scam first hit the headlines when the city police raided a godown in the busy trading area of Kotwali this January. The raid yielded 15 truckloads of adulterated skimmed milk powder from a manufacturing unit that faked brandnames such as Indana and Nestle. The accused, six of them, were using starch and powdered sugar to adulterate the original product before supplying it to markets all over the state through their dealers. The seizure, including that of sophisticated milk powder packaging machinery, amounted to goods worth over Rs 45 lakh.

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