Three photojournalists beaten up by guards outside Bombay House

Tata Group condemns incident, apologises; case registered against guards.

Written by Manas Mitul | Mumbai | Updated: November 5, 2016 11:08 am

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THREE PHOTOJOURNALISTS were assaulted allegedly by private security guards employed by the Tata Group after a scuffle erupted outside the company’s headquarters at Bombay House in Fort on Friday. The incident took place when journalists had gathered outside Bombay House to cover a board meeting of Indian Hotels, a Tata Group company. According to sources, the crowd jostled to take Cyrus Mistry’s photograph when the ousted chairman of Tata Group arrived. In the chaos, one of Mistry’s personal security guards was allegedly shoved, which led to the guards assaulting the crowd.

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Among those injured are Hindustan Times’ Arijit Sen, The Times of India’s S L Shantakumar and Atul Kamble from Mid-Day. The injured photojournalists were taken to St George’s Hospital in Fort for treatment. “There were six to seven guards who assaulted us. They were jumping and hitting us as if they wanted to kill us. I have never seen security guards like these. They were ferocious and behaved like hooligans.” Sen, one of the injured photojournalists, told The Indian Express.

On its part, the Tata Group condemned the incident. “We apologise to those injured in the incident. Bombay House has seen huge crowds before, but nothing like this has ever happened. We will ensure that such incidents never occur,” Tata Sons spokesperson Debasis Ray
told The Indian Express over the phone.

However, Rajneesh Kakade, Secretary, Bombay News Photographers’ Association (BNPA), rejected Tata Group’s apology and demanded strict action against the guards involved in the incident. “We are demanding the arrest of those security guards. The police have taken the injured photographers’ statements. We don’t want their apology. They should discontinue the contract of the security service,” he said.

Kakade, who too was present at St George’s, said equipment was damaged in the scuffle as well.

The Mumbai Press Club also condemned the attack. “The Mumbai Press Club does not expect a corporate house like the Tatas to indulge in violent practices against media persons, and demands explanation from the corporate authorities who allowed security personnel to take this extreme step,” a statement by the Mumbai Press Club said.

A case has been registered against the security guards at MRA Marg police station and the police are probing the matter.

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    Ashton Datar
    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:03 am
    Just imagine - even Tatas have to thrash the journalists. Journalists just don't behave. Mumbai Press club should first enforce a code of conduct for the journalists.
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      Harry Who
      Nov 5, 2016 at 2:59 am
      Why did the photojournalist shoved the security guards in the first instance. They long range cameras aand could have taken photos from a vantage point away from the cordon. These in your face guys are to be blamed anf punished. They did it to Kapoors at Ganesh Visarjan and so often with other celebrities. IE has been using a file photo of AK the Aloo in several of their recent articles on him.
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        Nov 5, 2016 at 3:22 am
        these pathetic journalists deserve it
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          San Jos
          Nov 5, 2016 at 7:20 am
          Just because they are journalists they cant get away shoving other people. There should be a code of conduct for public interview that these journalists will maintain a distance of at least 10 feet while;br/gt;Such non-sense they do that they almost put the mike in the interviewed persons mouth and then demand him to answer his;br/gt;Well deserved punching and kicking..
          1. Vihari Naidu
            Nov 5, 2016 at 3:07 am
            TimesNow or NewsX, either case i don't mind. Boot lickers need a thorough thrashing.
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