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Jarawa video is violation of Andaman policy: PC

Jan 12, 2012 05:12 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that the video, which shows members of the protected Jarawa tribe dancing for tourists, is violation of policy of Andaman Islands.

"Video is violation of Andaman policy. That video was shot 3 or 4 years ago. We have given instruction to the administration, they are looking for the videographer and the tour operator to interrogate them and take quick action," Chidambaram told reporters.

A British newspaper, 'The Observer', set off a storm after releasing the video.

The Andaman police, however, downplayed the video, calling it an 'old one' and blamed the British journalist of forcing the Jarawas to dance for the tourists.

But 'The Observer', that carried the report claimed the video was not old. 'The Observer' journalist Gethin Chambarlain added, "Bribing the cops costs Rs 15,000 to the tourists. Six months back, a police officer was disciplined for doing so." The journalist also refused to divulge when it was shot, but said it was not old.

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