TWO SECURITY personnel hired by the Tata Group, who attacked photojournalists outside Bombay House on Friday, were arrested on Saturday. Mahesh Shinde (26) and Mayur Gurave (28), guards working with Tops Security agency were arrested by the MRA Marg police. The two were produced before a court and sent to judicial custody till November 11.
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The duo have been booked under Sections, including 141 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting) 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (causing grievous hurt), of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant charges of the Mumbai Police Act.
On Friday, photojournalists gathered outside Bombay House to click former Tata Group chairman, Cyrus Mistry, who was scheduled to attend the board meeting of Indian Hotels, a group company of which he continues to head. Three photojournalists of three publications were injured in the attack and are currently undergoing treatment at St. George Hospital in Fort.
Police officials at MRA Marg said more arrests are likely. “We have arrested two security guards involved in the attack on Friday. The investigation is underway. We are looking into involvement of at least four others,” said senior police inspector, Sukhlal Varpe, MRA Marg police station. The two arrested guards have applied for bail, Varpe added.
While the Tata Group has distanced itself from the attack by releasing an apology, the Bombay News Photographers Association has rejected it, demanding that the Tata Group cancel its contract with the private security agency. A spokesperson for the Tata Group said they have forwarded the demand to those in-charge. “We demand that the Tata Group close their contract with the security agency with immediate effect. We will protest outside Bombay House next week if they fail to cancel the contract,” said Rajneesh Kakade, secretary BNPA.