Panaji: Goa police on Wednesday summoned three
photo-journalists for clicking pictures of President Pratibha
Patil on a beach here and recorded their statements.
Police say that since the President is on a private
visit, picture-taking was not allowed, but its action has
angered the photo-journalists here.
The pictures of Patil sitting on the beach were carried
by newspapers here which apparently irked the state police.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar said that
taking pictures of the President was strictly prohibited as
she was on a private visit.
The state-level union of photojournalists, however, said
that this was harassment.
"The photo-journalists were just doing their job. They
were nowhere near the President. The pictures were taken with
400 mm zoom lenses," Rajtilak Naik, president,
Photo-journalists` Association of Goa (PJAG) said.
Three photo-journalists, Ganadeep Sheldekar (The Navhind
Times), Soiru Komarpant (Gomantak Times) and Arvind Tengse (a
freelancer) were called by police and their statements as to
how and why they clicked the pictures were recorded. However,
no case has been registered.
The President arrived in Goa on January 3 and will be
leaving the state tomorrow.
DSP Gaonkar said that earlier the photo-journalists had
been specifically asked to remain away from the President.
"We summoned them as we just wanted to know how far they
were from the President," he added.