On Thursday night, 2 photographers were allegedly thrashed till they bled for clicking actress Shilpa Shetty & husband Raj Kundra. The photographers in question are Sonu and Himanshi Shinde who were busy doing their work.

The duo spotted actress Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra coming out of The Bastian Hotel in Bandra. Both Shilpa and Raj posed for the cameras willingly and zoomed off in their car later on.

Photographers Sonu and Himanshu, later on, registered an F.I.R. against the bouncers of The Bastian Hotel at the Khar police station.

But going by the unfortunate incident, we wonder what compelled the bouncers to act in a violent manner especially when Shilpa Shetty and husband Raj Kundra were willingly posing for the shutterbugs. It is a known fact with the media professionals that Shilpa and Raj are very forthcoming and friendly with the media and they have never had a run in with the photographers or videographers prior to this incident. Meanwhile, the hotel has issued a statement and has apologised for the act.

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 of Tough Security 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.

– The Bastian Hotel

A statement from Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra is still awaited.


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