Chandigarh trader nabbed selling fake WeP cartridges

DQW Bureau
New Update


Couple of months back, the Chandigarh market, which is the

prime location of IT trading in north India, was rocked by the news of fake

consumables being sold there. People witnessed major goof-ups in the consumables

manufactured by WeP Peripherals, one of the primary brands in the market.

But unfortunately, because of this kind of an incident taking

place, a lot of doubts were created in the minds of the WeP channel partners

located in Chandigarh. They raised complaints with the company and demanded a

proper investigation into the situation.

When investigated, it was found that it was not one single

company involved in this spurious trade, but a couple of prominent names were

involved in the business. As a result, a professional agency was also involved

in the investigation process and finally, it was possible to nab one of the

culprits involved in the act. The accused was identified as Amit Jain,

Proprietor of Locasa Infosystems, located at Sector 22 of Chandigarh.


When contacted, Ranbir Singh, GM (Northern Zone), WeP

Peripherals Ltd, confirmed the whole thing. He said that there were rumors in

the market of fake WeP consumables–ribbon cartridges for line matrix and dot

matrix printers, as well as print heads for dot matrix printers–being sold at

around 50 percent of the original price.

Finally, based on an FIR already lodged against Locasa, the

local police as per the instructions of the local magistrate at Chandigarh,

conducted a raid on Monday evening. The police seized some fake print heads from

the premises, which were identified by one of the WeP engineers, accompanying

them. He distinguished between the fake and the originals, and his statement was

found satisfactory by the authorities. Jain was arrested and has been refused

any bail and is still behind the bars, till the time of filing this report. He

has admitted his guilt and has also revealed the names of other prominent

traders involved in this business.

However, market sources say that the hub of all these

activities is certainly not Chandigarh, but Delhi, with the manufacturing unit

being based in the capital to support such illegal activities, occurring from

time to time. Now plans are on to locate these units and take suitable action.

As a major initiative to handle such situations in the long run, WeP is

planning to conduct an aggressive education exercise for the resellers, through

mailers, meetings and conferences. Elaborated Singh, "The idea behind the

strategy is to not only enable the resellers to identify between the fake and

original equipment, but also at the same time, refrain them from being directly

or indirectly involved in such illegal acts."

Parinita Baroowa

New Delhi