Two arrested in Jarawa tribe video case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 22:41
Port Blair: Andaman and Nicobar Police have arrested two persons for allegedly organising a trip of a British journalist to the Jarawa reserve and providing him with the video of dancing semi-naked women of the tribe.

The police has nabbed photographer Rajesh Vyas and taxi owner Sarjeet Singh, who allegedly organised the trip of Gethin Chamberlian in return of "hefty monetary consideration" for ensuring contacts with the Jarawas.

"Rajesh Vyas asked his friend Sarjeet Singh @ Guddu who is the owner of a Tata sumo bearing registration No. AN-01-E 9291 to take the foreigner for a trip to Jarawa Reserve in the month of December, 20l1 and ensure contact with the primitive tribe as if the later were a commodity on display," Andaman and Nicobar Police said in a statement.

The police said when the deal did not materialise due to heavily-regulated traffic in the reserve, Vyas allegedly transfered the video of dancing Jarawa women to Chamberlian using his mobile phone via Bluetooth technology and took Rs 25,000 on the pretext of bribing local policemen.

"However, the foreigner later turned out to be an undercover reporter of the newspaper, Guardian/Observer, United Kingdom, who published his story on the Internet. After sustained interrogation, Rajesh Kumar Vyas and Sarjeet Singh admitted to have committed this crime," police said.

Vyas was also confronted with the audio clip, uploaded by Chamberlain on the Internet which contains his conversation regarding the trip, police said.

"Vyas admitted that it was his voice on the audio. The audio clip is being sent for forensic examination to tally the same with the voice sample of the accused," it said.

The Andaman and Nicobar Police said the trip to the Jarawa Reserve for a foreigner amounts to intentionally insulting with the intent to humiliate a vulnerable primitive tribe of these islands.

"The investigation is further underway to nab the unknown culprits who shot the video of Jarawa women dancing for food articles. Some definite leads have come up during the course of investigation," it said.

The controversial video showing the women dancing before tourists was shot sometime between September and October 2008.

The issue sparked controversy when "The Observer" reported the incident and also uploaded a video and a recorded conversation between the journalist of the newspaper and a purported travel agent.

"All out efforts are being made trace out the culprits involved in this deplorable act. The general public is hereby requested to pass on any information connected with this matter to the police on phone no. 258019, 2584ll, 9474287077 and 9434289981 so that the offenders can be brought to the book," police said in its appeal.


First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 19:45

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