Cop in video footage on dancing Jarawas identified

Cop in video footage on dancing Jarawas identified

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.