Punjab Police arrested four bouncers who allegedly manhandled media persons covering the wedding events of Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actress Geeta Basra, an official said on October 30.
The case was registered after the upset media persons staged a sit-in outside the reception venue in Jalandhar city, 150 km from Chandigarh, demanding immediate arrest of the four bouncers. The manhandling allegedly took place late on Thursday evening. (Also Read - Shaadi Mubarak: Harbhajan Singh Marries Geeta Basra)
"We have arrested four bouncers. These include Kuldip, Gurpreet, Navjot and Bawan," a police official told IANS here.
After the alleged incident, Harbhajan came out of the house and apologised on behalf of the bouncers. He pleaded with media, mostly camera persons of TV channels and photographers of media publications, not to pursue the matter further.
The media persons alleged that the bouncers manhandled them, and took away and broke their cameras and equipment while they were filming events at the high-profile wedding. "We registered a case following a complaint from the media persons. We are investigating the matter," a Punjab Police officer told the media.
"We had instructions from Harbhajan that media should not be allowed inside the house as a lot of VIP guests and celebrities were to arrive," one of the bouncers claimed.
Harbhajan married his long-time girlfriend Geeta on October 29 in Jalandhar city.
Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali, and founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani, who is also the owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 team Mumbai Indians, for which Harbhajan plays, were among the A-list celebrities at the wedding.
Geeta wore a red lehenga, designed by Archana Kochhar, Harbhajan donned a sherwani and red turban. He drove in for the wedding in his black Hummer SUV.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was conspicuously absent from the wedding. But cricketers Parthiv Patel, R P Singh and Pragyan Ojha were among those who were present.
"I am feeling great, very special day of my life," the 35-year-old cricketer told reporters.
The wedding reception will be held in a hotel in Delhi on November 1 and is likely to be attended by celebrities from cricket and Bollywood, a family member told IANS.