Two TV journalists and a cameraperson were allegedly roughed up by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavans bodyguard at Mantralaya Wednesday,the police said. While cases of non-cognisable offence were registered at the Marine Drive police station,Chavan met the three and apologised to them in the evening and assured them that action would be taken.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti,a function was organised at a garden adjacent to the Mantralaya. The media was invited at the event. While Ramraje Shinde,a reporter with news channel TV9,tried to approach Chavan for a byte,Chavans bodyguard stopped him,the police said. When Shinde,Sagar Kulkarni - a ABP Majha reporter and his cameraperson Uttam Kumar Kutariyar tried to dodge the guard and approach Chavan,he blocked their way and pushed them away. He told the three that they would not be allowed near Chavan.
The guard told me that I will not be allowed to take a byte. After he blocked our way twice,we told him to let us do our job and that he should do his, said Kulkarni. A few minutes later,when Chavan left the event,the guard allegedly slapped Shinde. The three,accompanied by other journalists,went to Marine Drive police station to register a complaint.
Two cases of non-cognisable offence have been registered. A group of at least 20 had gathered at the police station. It appears that the bodyguard pushed away media persons and stopped them from going too close to the CM, said sub-inspector Sanotsh Tore of the Marine Drive police station.
Later,when some journalists informed Chavan about the incident,he apologised for it. Such a thing should not occur. I am sorry. I will look into the matter and take action against the concerned person, he said. Chavan later met the two journalists and apologised for his guards behaviour.
The BJP condemned the incident. This incident is an example of the debacle of the state of law and order in the state, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said.