Photographers beaten up for taking Shilpa Shetty’s photos, restaurant bouncers arrested

Shilpa Shetty was out on a date with husband Raj Kundra and the duo happily got clicked. However, the restaurant bouncers took umbrage and got into a scuffle with photographers.

bollywood Updated: Sep 08, 2017 11:35 IST
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Hindustan Times
Shilpa Shetty,Raj Kundra,Shilpa Shetty photographers
Bouncers attacked the mediapersons for taking photos of Shilpa Shetty and husband Raj Kundra.(IANS)

Two photographers were beaten up late Thursday for clicking pictures of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra in Mumbai. Shetty and Kundra were out on a date at Bastion restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai, and happily posed for the mediapersons. After the couple left, the restaurant bouncers got in a scuffle with the photographers and beat up two of them, Himanshu Shindey and Sonu. According to an ABP report, the bouncers were clearing the way for Shilpa and Raj when they felt lensmen got a little too close to the duo.

Two restaurant bouncers have been arrested in the case, ANI reported Friday morning. The news agency also shared a video of the scuffle between the bouncers and the photographers. Shilpa and Raj are not seen in the video. The two photographers had to be hospitalised.

Shilpa is currently gearing up for her upcoming live game show for the small screen, Aunty Boli Lagao Boli: Sabse Kam Sabse Anokhi. Sharing news about the show, she tweeted, “My first TV production. Thank you Raj Nayak, Colors TV, Archana Puran Singh. India’s first live game show. Audiences are in for a treat (sorry) car.”

She has earlier featured in a string of reality TV shows as a judge. In fact, she got a new lease of life in showbiz after she won the international show, Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.

Shipa and Raj have not issued any statement in this regard but the restaurant has said that the bouncers were outsourced and they have taken steps in this regard. Here is the statement issued by the restaurant: “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 personnel of Tough Security who are hired for Bastian via external vendors - as is the practice, the security 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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First Published: Sep 08, 2017 11:34 IST