The strange case of a mobile photographer

A construction engineer, who was taking pictures of the US consulate near the Gemini Flyover to help him make a gate for his client, was arrested late on Friday evening. Security personnel caught the engineer when he was taking pictures of the building using his mobile phone. The phone was seized and the man was taken to a local police station for questioning. It was found that the man was an engineer and was taking pictures of the consulate’s gate as his client had asked him to construct a similar gate for his house.

8 Comments so far

  1. PONS (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    These are bad times, mister. Ah think there’s a point in bein’ overcautious.

  2. Nandhu (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    why can’t a guy shoot the gate to the consulate? OK, why does he need to be arrested. Check his ID, get him to delete the picture and sent him off with a warning.
    And also, is there a warning board visible to everybody that says that the building or the gate cannot be photographed?
    also, if the japanese or russian consulates are photographed, do people get arrested? has anybody so far been arrested?

  3. R.S.Money (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

    It is not the question of Us Embassy, Japanese Embassy or the Russian Embassy. If any body photograph even my how without my oermission definitely I would rais objectioand do the needful erase the copies. It is quite natural of these sensitive days of Bomb Plasting etc the things did by the Engineers is objectable one and if he wants to do so he might have taken prior permission from the concerned authorities,

  4. Nandhu (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

    how does a photograph of a gate help terrorists to bomb the embassy or target it in anyway?

  5. Peter (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

    hey, a carved ‘kama-sutra” paper-weight got me stopped at the airport in Bangalore, and a pair of cymbals got me pulled over and body searched in Frankfurt (well, that was _kind of_ enjoyable…)

  6. R.S.Money (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

    Dear Nandhu Sunder,

    I wonder how it doesnt strike to you that photographing of a property – Gate or Lawn, without the permission of the landlord is tresspassing of his personal rights?

  7. Nandhu (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

    suppose i shoot a pic of the LIC building tommorrow morning i would be arrested? or a temple from the outside? or any public building, park or anything except private proverty? can we arrest a US citizen if he shoots the gate of the Indian consulate in Washington?

  8. R.S.Money (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 8:25 am

    Yes chances are bright if you did it without the permission of the concerned authrity and the same is brought to his notice. Even if an American Citizen shoot a photograph of Indian embassy without the permission either at US or at any place in India necessary litigation can be initiated. The embassy properties where ever they are the same are treated at their teritory and are coming under their rules and regulations. Even photographing of vehicle with the Number Plate of any embassy is a prohibited thing, In the incident quted by you also the necessary legal proceedings should have been initiated only by our police on receipt of a complaint from the Embassy and not by the Embassy directly.

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