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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chennai, November 16, 2012
Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Thursday expressed surprise over the arrest of a person who reportedly tried to take pictures of him near the Chennai airport on Tuesday and sought his release.
A court in Chennai, however, remanded Ameer Tawah in judicial custody for 15 days, following which he was taken to Puzhal jail.

Police said Tawah, 34, a Kerala-based travel agent, was held for breaching the security cordon and not as much for taking pictures of the minister.

In a statement issued in Delhi, Chidambaram said, “I was surprised and disappointed to learn that a person who reportedly attempted to take some pictures of me was detained… I did not know about the incident until the media reported it… I have asked my office to get in touch with the Tamil Nadu Police and request them to release the person.”