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'Photographer' from Lanka causes flutter at Jaya function

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Chennai, Feb 23 (UNI) Police apprehended a Lankan national and a relative of his for taking pictures at a government function in which Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presented awards to 'best film artistes' at the centenary auditorium in the University of Madras here today.

Police said when Ms Jayalalithaa was about to leave the hall, after presenting the awards, police personnel posted at the venue noticed Lankan national Mohamed Mafrash (40), taking pictures from the first floor of the auditorium without official permission.

Police then apprehended the Sri Lankan along with his relative Meeran of suburban Palavakkam.

The two were later taken for interrogation.

It was revealed that Mafrash, studying Chartered Accountancy in Lanka, had come here to attend a function.

He and his relative Meeran had come to Marina beach. On hearing that film personalities were attending a function, they went into the auditorium to have a look at the stars.

Mafrash told the police that he took pictures of Ms jayalalithaa and other film personalities only to show them to his family members when he gets back to Sri Lanka.

However, the police recovered the film role from his camera, obtained an undertaking and let them off.

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