Arrest culprits in attack on photographers
Mumbai Press Club strongly condemns brutal attack
on news photographers at Tata House, Mumbai
The Mumbai Press Club strongly condemns brutal attack on news photographers at Tata House, Fort, Mumbai, and demands immediate arrest of security personnel of Tata House, who were involved in a shameful act of violence against the professionals from various media houses who were performing their duty on Friday (November 4, 2016) afternoon.
We understand that at least three photographers have sustained serious injuries and they are being treated at a government hospital.
The Mumbai Press Club does not expect a corporate house like Tatas to indulge in violent practices against media persons, and demands explanation from the corporate authorities who allowed security personnel to take this extreme step.
The Mumbai Press Club extends its full support to the affected colleagues and their families. We will declare anytime soon the next course of action that needs to be taken for seeking justice in this matter.
We have also expressed our serious concerns to the state’s political leadership and city police top brass, and expect them to deliver justice.
Mumbai Press Club
November 4, 2016
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Journalists were assaulted during an altercation with the company’s security guards outside the Tata Group headquarters in Mumbai on Friday. (Hemant Mishra/ Mint File Photo)
Journalists were assaulted during an altercation with the company’s security guards outside the Tata Group headquarters in Mumbai on Friday.
The journalists had assembled outside Bombay House to report on the scheduled board meeting of Indian Hotels, a Tata Group company.
Several photographers, including Hindustan Times’s staff photographer Arijit Sen, were injured in the assault by the Bombay House security staff.
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A Tata Sons spokesperson later apologised for the incident. “In the rush during the entry of certain directors, one of our security staff members fell down. The security staff then lost their cool, which they shouldn’t have. We apologise for the incident,” he said.
The Tata Group has been seeing strong interest following the October 24 decision of the Tata Sons board to remove Cyrus Mistry as chairman. Company patriarch Ratan Tata was subsequently reinstated as interim chairman.
Mistry, however, continues to be chairman of some group companies, including that of Indian Hotels, and Friday’s was its first board meeting after his ouster.