A photograph of President Pratibha Patil on the Goa beach surrounded by bikini-clad women and men in swimming trunks carried in newspapers today has angered officials here who summoned three photo journalists and questioned them.
Police called three local photo-journalists, who had shot Patil's pictures on the beach, and recorded their statements. Since the President is on a private visit, picture-taking was not allowed, police said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar said that taking pictures of the President was strictly prohibited as she was on a private visit.
But the police action has angered the photo-journalists here. The state-level union of photojournalists called it 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) told PTI.
Source : PTI