Indian held for taking photos near Sri Lankan PM’s residence

Sri Lankan police arrested an Indian national on Saturday for taking photographs near Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s official residence

February 05, 2017 11:35 pm | Updated 11:35 pm IST - COLOMBO:

Sri Lankan police arrested an Indian national on Saturday for taking photographs near Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s official residence, Sri Lanka’s state media reported.

Undercover police officers, deployed for surveillance duties during Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations, had spotted and arrested him, news reports said.

The suspect, Bharatha Muttukumar (35) from Tamil Nadu, is said to be working in a private firm in suburban Kotahena near Colombo.

The State-run Sunday Observer quoted police media spokesperson Priyantha Jayakody as saying the arrested man had been behaving in “a suspicious manner”, taking photographs opposite Temple Trees. “He was arrested at around 11 a.m. and was taken in for further questioning” Mr. Jayakody said.

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