Cop in video footage on dancing Jarawa identified

Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 18:26

New Delhi: Andaman and Nicobar Island police
have identified one of its personnel who was allegedly
involved in the controversial `human safari` episode where
members of Jarawa tribe were made to dance in return for food
by foreign tourists.

Strict action will be taken the cop, sources said here.
The cop was recently identified after a through
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
overalls, the 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, 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 (DSP) to seek the help of
cyber cell of central agencies in cracking the computer
through which the video was first hosted on social networking
websites.

While the Tribal Affairs Ministry had ordered a probe in
the case, 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 their members, including women, in
semi-naked conditions.

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.

Government is also looking at the options of closing down
the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) which passes through the
protected forest zone inhabited by Jarawas.

Meanwhile, to prevent unscrupulous elements from
exploiting the presence of the Jarawas, the administration
recently increased the size of the Jarawa reserve from 847 sq
kms to 1,028 sq kms in 2004.

To ensure safety and dignity of Jarawa tribes, it has
also completely banned photography and videography in the area
and outsiders are not allowed to interact with the local
population there.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 18:26

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