The inefficiency of Goa Police was proved with Margao-based photojournalists snapping President Pratibha Patil at Benaulim Beach on Tuesday. The police could not protect the President from Paparazzi while she was on a private visit to Goa with her family.
The police were irked with President Pratibha Patil’s pictures published in local newspapers sought to blame the journalists for their own efficiency and summoned photojournalists Arvind Tengse (The Times of India), Ganadeep Sheldenkar (The Navhind Times), Ramnath Pai (Tarun Bharat) and Soiru Komarpant (Gomantak/Gomantak Times) for clicking President’s pictures.
The photojournalists claimed that they got an opportunity to click President’s pictures when they were waiting to capture Amitabh Bachchan who was on a holiday in Goa. “We got his visuals at about 10.30 am”, said Arvind Tengse and added that some of the hotel staff informed them about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s arrival. “In the meanwhile, Margao DySP Umesh Gaonkar told us to stay 200 metres away from the beach as the President was supposed to visit the beach”, he said and informed that there were many photojournalists who clicked the pictures with highly sophisticated cameras from a distance.
On Wednesday, the photojournalists were called to the police station for interrogation. Tengse informed that they were asked about how they clicked the pictures and what equipment was used.
However the state-level Photo Journalists’ Association of Goa (PJAG) felt that this was harassment. PJAG President Rajtilak Naik said, “we are just doing our job. The beach is a public place and we have every right to take photos. The pictures were taken with 400 mm zoom lenses.”