The latest assault on photographers who were just doing their duty, photographing Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra by the overzealous security staff of a restaurant is in totally bad taste (pun intended). iKarmik brings you the details on this physical assault on the paparazzi outside Bastian in Mumbai, as part of its coverage on the latest happenings in Bollywood.
As per news reports and the video doing the rounds, the photographers who reached the Mumbai restaurant to click Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra on a dinner date, were attacked and assaulted by the bouncers of the restaurant after they had clicked photographs of Shilpa and Raj who had posed happily for the shutterbugs and then went their way.
The photographers were clicking pictures, when the bouncers blocked their way. Following this, they requested them to shift a bit but one of the bouncers started hitting the photographer and got into a scuffle with others as well. The fight turned ugly and left the photographer with bruises on his face and head.
A photographer who was present at the scene said, “Shilpa and Raj were posing for the cameras. Everything was peaceful but as they sat in their cars to leave, a restaurant bouncer started punching one camera person without any specific reason. The bouncer punched the photographer so hard that his face started bleeding. Raj and Shilpa both know about the incident and even called later to offer help to the injured photographer.” Following the attack, a FIR has been lodged against the bouncers and the restaurant owners have issued a public apology.
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The management of the restaurant in the apology said, “We’re saddened and shocked by the incident that took place outside Bastian last night. We have celebrities and well-known guests visiting us frequently, and every experience has so far been smooth. During last night’s incident, the people involved were personnel of Tough Security who are hired for Bastian via external vendors – as is the practice, the security agency assigns their personnel to us and other establishments based on who is available that day. All the Bastian staff, as well as the management, was inside in the restaurant on the second floor at the time of the incident – we were made aware of the same a while after it began. This was a highly unfortunate situation that escalated beyond anything we could have imagined. As soon as the Bastian team found out, we took remedial measures to get things under control. We are changing security agencies today as we do not want to take the risk of this happening again, as well as personally apologising to the media involved. We are also collecting all information so that we are able to offer to take care of any and all medical bills that may have resulted due to this incident.”
Reacting to the incident, Shilpa commented on a video of the fight that has been doing the rounds on social media. She wrote, “Omg , appalled and disappointed at the way these photographers were bashed up.. Really unnecessary. . I even posed for them before I left and the next thing I knew, they got into fisticuffs violently when I left..Feel bad for the paps they stand for hrs sometimes for a shot..They are part of my fraternity and no one needs to be beaten for doing his job.
Similar star – paparazzi incidents have also taken place earlier this year when the bodyguards of Sanjay Dutt had a fight with the paparazzi over clicking his photos and Sohail khan who was upset with the media for asking questions from their father Salim Khan on Salman’s marriage at 12 in the night.
iKarmik says, This latest incident is shameful, especially when the star has posed for the pictures and left the scene. The matter needs to be investigated with the culprits being booked and those injured being compensated for their medical treatment, then only will people stop taking matters in their own hands.