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Cop in Jarawa video identified,faces action

Strict action will be taken against the cop,sources said here

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | February 21, 2012 1:01:10 am

The Andaman and Nicobar police have identified one of its personnel who was allegedly involved in the controversial ‘human safari’ episode where members of the Jarawa tribe were made to dance in return for food by foreign tourists. Strict action will be taken against the cop,sources said here.

The cop was recently identified after a thorough examination of the video footage and the sound sample as he had briefly appeared in one of the video footages,they added.

The video was shot in September 2008 and the inquiry is on to identify another man who had appeared in it in military uniform,sources said.

Though the name of the accused has not yet been divulged by the cops,sources said the Andaman and Nicobar administration has informed the Tribal Affairs Ministry and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on the development.

Initially,the Andaman police had denied the involvement of its personnel in the episode.

A special team was formed by the Andaman police under a Deputy Superintendent of Police to seek the help of cyber cell of Central agencies in tracing the computer through which the video was first uploaded on social networking websites. While the Tribal Affairs Ministry had ordered a probe in the case,the NCST had issued a notice to the Andaman administration demanding a report on the action taken by them to stop ‘human safaris’.

The incident had come to the fore last month when video footages showed some of the Jarawa tribe members,including women,in semi-nude condition. The group was allegedly exploited by foreign tourists,who made them dance for food.

Following the episode,the Tribal Affairs Ministry had suggested stringent action against the people involved in such acts and recommended punishment for the tour operators involved in such safaris.

The government is looking at options of closing down the Andaman Trunk Road that passes through the protected forest zone inhabited by the Jarawas. To prevent unscrupulous elements from exploiting the Jarawas,the administration had increased the size of the Jarawa reserve from 847 sq km to 1,028 sq km in 2004. To ensure safety and dignity of Jarawas,it completely banned photography and videography in the area,and outsiders are not allowed to interact with the local population.

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