Andaman police seeks NTRO help in Jarawas case

Andaman and Nicobar Police have approached the NTRO in the case of controversial footage showing semi-naked Jarawa tribal women.

Port Blair/New Delhi: Andaman and Nicobar
Police have approached the National Technical Research
Organisation (NTRO), which deals with cyber intelligence, for
detecting the computer from where the controversial footage
showing semi-naked Jarawa tribal women originated.

With clear directions from the Union Home Ministry to
nail the culprits behind the videography of the Jarawa tribal,
the police sought help of the NTRO in establishing the source
computer from where it was uploaded so that legal action could
be initiated in the case.

Under the Protection of Aboriginal Tribes (PAT) Act,
taking pictures or video shooting of tribals is banned. The
police was also trying to identify the voice of a purported
travel agent whose telephone conversation with a British
journalist has been uploaded.

This also, according to officials of the Union Territory,
seems to be a design of some vested interests to prevent
building a road within the jungles of South Andaman.

The Centre has already cleared Andaman Trunk Road (ATR)
to connect the Northern part of the island with the southern
part. Some portion of the road passes through the jungles of
South Andaman where 383-member Jarwa tribe was located.

The officials reasoned that while utmost care was taken
in preserving the geography and jungles but the road was a
necessity to connect lakhs of people in Andaman who used to
face acute shortage of food supplies during the time when the
sea was rough.