Bouncers beat paparazzi for clicking Shilpa-Raj's pictures


Bouncers of the Bastian restaurant in Mumbai beat up two photographers for allegedly clicking pictures of Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra. The entire fight was captured on camera. An FIR was lodged at Khar police and so far two arrests have been made.

As Shilpa and her husband Raj Kundra stepped out of the eatery, they gracefully posed for the paparazzi but as soon as they entered into their car, two media persons trying to click got beaten black and white by the bouncers of the restaurant.

The restaurant bouncers got furious over the camerapersons and started hitting them. The two photographers were identified as Robin Chawla and Himanshu Shinde.

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FIR registered against bouncers of a restaurant in Mumbai, for beating up 2 photographers for taking pictures of Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra

The graphic video of the assault is circulated online and gone viral. The two photographers were left with bruises on the face.

It was raining and Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra were not visible in the video.

Talking about the shocking incident, a source informs mid-day saying, "While the photographers were waiting for Shilpa Shetty to make an exit from the restaurant, the bouncers verbally kept poking them and interfered in their work. They kept pestering them not to stand outside the hotel."

"Everything was fine until the celebrities left the venue. As soon as they made their exit, the security guards attacked Robin and Himanshu. They have brutally attacked them," the source adds.

On questioning the source, if this was the sole reason or is there anything more to the matter, the source added, "Bastian security guards have not been very fond of the paparazzis, or the media overall. Whenever media gathered outside their hotel, they always had a verbal fight over not standing in front of the hotel. So, maybe this could be a collective anger thrown on them yesterday."

A source further added, "Photographer Robin Chawla, who was bleeding profusely, was then, along with Himanshu Shinde taken to the nearest Bhabha Hospital, where they got the bandage done and left for their homes immediately. This case has become very big, as the DCP and everyone have got involved in it."

However, Bastian hotel's owner issued a statement that read, "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 bouncers and security who are hired for Bastian via external vendors - as is the practice, the security services 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."
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