MUMBAI police arrested three more security guards in connection with the attack on three photojournalists outside Bombay House on Friday. Two security guards were arrested last week. Mumbai police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe said that the three accused have been identified as Shankar Aiyyar, Ashok Bamne and Manvir Prajapati, all security guards allegedly part of the group that beat up the photojournalists. The police had earlier arrested two security guards, Ganesh Shinde and Mayur Gurav.
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The photojournalists were assaulted allegedly by private security guards employed by the Tata Group after a scuffle outside the company’s headquarters at Bombay House in Fort area on Friday. The journalists had gathered outside Bombay House to cover a board meeting of Indian Hotels, a Tata Group company. The crowd jostled to take Cyrus Mistry’s photograph when the ousted chairman of Tata Group arrived. In the ensuing chaos, one of Mistry’s personal security guards was allegedly shoved, which led to the guards assaulting the crowd.
The Mumbai Press Club had also condemned the attack and released a statement mentioning that they did not expect a corporate house like the Tatas to indulge in violent practices against media persons, and had demanded an explanation from the authorities. A Tata Sons spokesperson had released a statement apologising to those injured in the incident.
The Press Club had also demanded that services of the security agency be terminated. The Press Club and some other organisations would take out a protest march to the Bombay House Tuesday as the Tata Group did not respond to the demand, the Club said in a statement Monday.