India: The police of Varanasi, India have arrested a staff of Mapmyindia for surveying in the city possibly collecting 360 degree panoramic imagery of the streets.
The country which is on a high alert due to possible terrorist activities, saw this incident when the local citizens raised an alarm with the police when they saw a car mounted with a panoramic cameras plying on the roads. The police seized the car with the equipments and the staff. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and anit-terror squad officials were brought in to picture, and undertook the interrogation.
The police later learnt that Mapmyindia has at the necessary mapping permissions from the government. However TOI media quoted, as per a clause in the companies license, it is mandated that the local authorities need to be informed prior to the mapping activities. The media stated that prohibitory orders under Section 144 were in place at that time. The staff were booked under Sections 188 and 267 and were later released on bail.