The police on Tuesday arrested a constable who had allegedly asked local Jarwa women to dance and had shot their video.
The Andaman and Nicobar Police arrested Constable Silvarious Kindo after interrogating him at length, following his identification by the victims.
“The probe reveals that the video was possibly shot during the months of July to November, 2007. The said video, which was broadcast on news channels, has also been sent for forensic examination to ascertain its date of recording and the device used to record the same,” a police spokesperson said.
The police was able to crack the case after a minute inspection of the video, in which a police constable in khaki was seen. Following the lead, police identified all five tribal women seen in the video, with the help of Aadim Janjati Vikasd Samiti, sources said.
The victims were asked to identify the personnel, who had asked them to dance in front of the camera, on February 19.
During the identification parade, all the three victims identified Silvarious Kindo as the culprit who allegedly asked them to dance and video recorded them.
He has been arrested and put under suspension, they said. The case relates to a video allegedly shot by some policemen wherein semi-naked girls of Jarawa tribe were asked to dance.
The video was first posted on a United Kingdom newspaper’s website on February 5 and then flashed on news channels across the country, provoking sharp reactions on the alleged exploitation of the vulnerable tribals.
The police, which was already probing the case of a similar video, registered a fresh case on February 6 in this regard under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code, Information and Technology Act, SC and ST Prevention of atrocities Act and Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation.
“Further investigations are in progress and efforts are still being made to identify the people in camouflage uniform seen in the first video, which was possibly shot on September 25, 2008,” the spokesperson said