The MRA Marg police, on Saturday, arrested two security personnel involved in the attack on photojournalists outside Bombay House. The officials said that the accused were among the group of six who assaulted the photographers on Friday. Meanwhile, the journalists who were admitted to a hospital after the incident said that the authorities were insisting that they get discharged from the hospital.
The arrested persons have been identified as Ganesh Shinde and Mayuresh Gurav, who were sent to judicial custody by a local court. The police were tight-lipped on the development but they said that the investigation was underway and the remaining accused would soon be arrested.
In a telephonic conversation, senior inspector of MRA Marg police station Sukhlal Varpe said, “We are in the hospital to collect further details from the victims admitted here.” He refused to give any other information.
Meanwhile, the police sent food for the photojournalists on Saturday afternoon, which the latter refused to accept.
“The police have asked for the photographs that we had taken during the incident but there is no word on the clips that went viral. CCTV cameras are present even outside Bombay House and the incident was captured in it too. Also, despite the fact that we are still in pain after the assault, since Saturday morning the hospital authorities have constantly been asking us to take discharge,” said Arijit Sen, HT photographer who was injured in the attack.
The police are also likely to take the admitted victims to the site where the private security guards attacked them.
“We are afraid that once we step out of the hospital with the police for spot verification, the hospitals may forcibly discharge us. That’s why we have asked for a transit discharge to be issued before we step out of the hospital’s premises,” added Sen.
The photojournalists were attacked by a group of seven private security personnel on Friday afternoon when a squabble broke out between both the sides while taking pictures of recently ousted Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry.