Indian Mappers still under arrest, update

So the story of the arrested Indian Nokia map collectors we reported on a couple of days ago has started to gain some spread. Reported on EarthIsSquare Blog, SlashGeo ,with most of the discussion on Slashdot.

Still no response to my email to the press offices at Nokia.

I also sent an email with some questions to the guys in Biond. No response here too.

Am I the only one that thinks that a very large multi-national organisation should take some responsibility, or at least make a statement? They’ve been locked up for about two weeks now.

UPDATE: see the comments below this post for clarifications from Milind Dalvi.

Snippets:

All the work is being exclusively done for Nokia subsidiary Navteq

Survey team had carried with them a digital camera in their personal capacity and was used to capture photographs of themselves, places visited etc., like any other tourist would. Please note that this was not a part of their work and was done as a hobby / tourist activity. Amongst all the photos and video clips taken, there were a few that the Gujarat police found objectionable in light of the atmosphere prevailing after the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks.