Punched at the poolside

Apr 16, 2012, 12:08 IST | A correspondent

While covering an event he had been invited to, MiD DAY photographer Satyajit Desai was allegedly abused and attacked by the guard because he clicked pictures of models (the job he was there to do)

MiD DAY photographer Satyajit Desai and freelance photographer Dasharath Kadam were allegedly attacked by a bouncer at Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu yesterday. The Santacruz police have registered the case against the security guard. Desai had been assigned to cover a poolside party hosted by a liquor company. He had with him the invite sent by the organiser, requesting the paper to cover the event.

1 & 2 all in a day’s work: Some of the images captured by Satyajit Desai at the poolside party hosted by a liquor company at Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu. The bouncer, Prateek Chavan (circled), is seen standing beside some of the models present.

Desai started capturing the event on his camera. Some of the shots included that of models present at the event, clad in swimwear near the pool. Seeing him clicking photographs of the event, the bouncer, Prateek Chavan, objected, and shoved him, using foul language. Managing to save his camera from falling into the pool, an irked Desai asked why he was being abused for doing his job. It is then that the bouncer allegedly started beating him up. When Kadam rushed to his rescue, he too received blows. “He attacked us, injuring us,” said Desai.

3 & 4 After verbally abusing Desai, the bouncer suddenly falls upon him, starts beating him up. Desai later went to the Santacruz police station to lodge a case against the bouncer.

“I am bleeding,” said Kadam. The two phographers went to the Santacruz police station and registered a complaint against the bouncer, who was later detained.

“I am aware that the bouncer attacked the photographer. I have also given my statement to the police,” said Kamran Shaikh, event PR who had arranged for the bouncer.

“I have registered the FIR against bouncer,” said Dattatray Kokare, duty officer, Santacruz police station. 

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