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Cuffs for clicking PC at airport

Chennai, Nov. 14: A man who was detained last month at Chennai airport for getting off a Dreamliner flight to Delhi minutes before take-off has landed in trouble again, this time for taking pictures of P. Chidambaram.

Ameer Tawaha, a travel agent from Ernakulam, Kerala, was arrested today and charged with wrongful restraint and preventing a government servant from performing his duty.

The 34-year-old was seen clicking Chidambaram as the Union finance minister walked towards the airport’s departure terminal to catch a flight to Delhi last evening.

Earlier, a source said Ameer told airport police that he was planning to leave for Delhi this morning, by Air India’s Dreamliner flight, en route to Dubai. He also showed the cops his first-class tickets.

An airport police officer said Ameer “fumbled” when asked why he was flying to Dubai via Delhi when so many direct flights were available from Kerala.

“We also recalled that he was one of the two passengers who had deplaned from a Dreamliner flight on October 3 just before take-off and was taken for questioning for their suspicious behaviour,” the police officer added.

Ameer and P.M. Mansoor, 19, a student of Al Ameen College in Ernakulam, had then been questioned for nearly 18 hours by the local police before being let off.

Police sources said though Ameer did not pose any immediate security threat to Chidambaram, his suspicious behaviour in October, act of clicking a minister and his convoluted travel plans called for a detailed probe.