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Big B says sorry to media for scuffle

A scuffle between media and security outside Prateeksha leaves three photo-journalists hurt, after Big B Jr and Ash complete the bidaai ritual on Saturday.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2007 14:04 IST

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday apologised for a scuffle between media and security guards outside his residence in Mumbai that left three photo-journalists injured, saying his friend Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's bodyguards were involved in the incident.

"I would like to apologise with folded hands for the incident that occurred yesterday. It is an occasion of happiness for us and we don't want anyone to face problems due to this," he said, referring to strict security arrangements in place at his bungalow Prateeksha for the marriage of his son Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai.

"The security personnel involved in the incident were not our guards but the Black Cat commandos of Amar Singh. He and his security personnel have gone but I would like to apologise," he said shortly after returning here from a visit to the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirumala with the newly-weds.

The photo-journalists were injured when members of the media scuffled with security guards outside Prateeksha in suburban Juhu while Abhishek and Aishwarya were heading for the bungalow after the 'bidaai' ceremony in Bandra. Journalists later staged a protest against the incident last night.

Bachchan said the newly-wed couple was in a hurry to return home as Aishwarya had to enter the bungalow before sunset and a doctor was waiting to attend to Amar Singh. He said the Bachchan family was not maintaining a distance from the media but had only wanted to ensure that Abhishek's wedding was a "personal affair".

First Published: Apr 22, 2007 20:29 IST

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