Two photographers namely Himanshu Shinde and Sonu were beaten up by Bandra restaurant Bastian’s bouncers after they felt that the duo was getting close to actress Shila Shetty and husband Raj Kundra. According to the news agency ANI, the duo has been arrested by Khar police.
The incident took place on Thursday evening where actress Shilpa Shetty and husband Raj Kundra stepped out of the Bandra restaurant, and they were greeted by two photographers who asked them to pose for their cameras. The couple graciously posed for the photographers. While they were leaving, a fight broke out between the hotel bouncers and the photographers for getting close to the couple. After the couple left, bouncers started beating the photographers leaving the duo injured who were later admitted to a hospital.
Shilpa Shetty condemned the attack saying that it is unfair to beat up photographers who stand for hours to take photographs of celebs. She added that they are part of their fraternity and no one can teach them their work.
Meanwhile, restaurant Bastian also released their statement saying that they are saddened by the incident and clarified that the bouncers do not belong to their staff but were outsourced.
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 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.
Kelvin Cheung, Corporate Chef and Consultant, Aallia Hospitality