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in the age of social media article In a recent incident, a police constable had to resort to the most drastic measure of his powers to enforce the no-photography-at-public place law in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.
The constable was allegedly trying to enforce an order to remove a photograph of a man allegedly vandalising a Hindu temple.
The photo of the man had appeared on the police department’s website and had already been reported to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the temple authorities, who then lodged a complaint.
According to a senior police officer, the constable decided to go to the temple to have a closer look.
A local resident, who had complained about the photo on the temple’s website, went there with his friend to see if the temple was under threat.
“When the constables entered the temple, they found the man in the middle of the temple.
He was shouting ‘no photography’.
He was not wearing any shoes,” said the officer.
The constables then allegedly beat up the man and took him to the police station.
The man’s brother, who was present at the temple at the time, also witnessed the incident.
He said that the constabulary officers told him that the temple did not have a permit for photography.
“The temple’s chief minister and a member of the committee were there when they were told that the man was a vandal and had to be removed,” he said.
The man’s mother also lodged a case with the local police station against the constablers and also accused them of violating the no photography-at public place law.
“My son is mentally unstable, he is mentally ill and is not fit to go out at night,” said her son.
The Hindu, which is owned by the Hindu Religious Foundation (HRF), a private organisation, had also filed a case against the temple police.
The police have said that they will be filing a case in the local court against the police constables under Section 3 of the Prevention of Unlawful Assembly and Rioting Act, 2000.