Union minister Smriti Irani spotted a camera in the trial room of an apparel store in Goa on Friday, that has sparked a debate over privacy concerns at such facilities in the tourism-dependent coastal villages in the state.
Irani, on a two-day visit to Goa, came across the camera when she was at a Fab India showroom at Candolim village, 20km North of state capital Panaji, to buy clothes.
Superintendent of police (north) Umesh Gaonkar said four staff members of the showroom were arrested. They were identified as: Paresh Sadanad Bhagat (26), Raju Sanap Mallappa Payanachi (24), Prashant Dattaram Naik (20) and Karim Sanap Amil Lakhani (24). All of them are local residents, according to Calangute Police Station where an FIR was lodged.
Officials said Irani immediately alerted her husband, businessman Zubin Irani, after spotting the camera around 12.40pm. She then called BJP legislator Michael Lobo, who accompanied her to the police station. Lobo lodged the FIR on Irani’s behalf.