In a shocking event, senior journalists from India accompanying West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on a official visit to London caught sealing cutlery while attending an official dinner at the conference hall. According to reports, the security staff of the luxury hotel in London were baffled when they saw the CCTV footage of the event. The footage reportedly showed a senior well-known journalist of a Bengali newspaper picking up a set of dessert spoons off the table and putting it into his pocket. The reports also say that the journalist is a regular on Mamata’s foreign tours.
Allegedly the first to pick a set of dessert spoons off the table and into his pocket was a senior journalist, a reporter with a respected Bengali newspaper.
According to some reports, several other scribes, who had noticed him, didn’t want to miss out on the loot and followed suit perhaps erroneously thinking that they would get away with it. That the hidden CCTV cameras were capturing their every move didn’t occur to them.
However, the staff of the hotel debated whether they should raise an alarm but they didn’t want to embarrass the dignitaries in whose honor the dinner had been thrown. The other visitors seated around the table included a host of prominent citizens both from India and the UK and included politicians, industrialists and journalists.
After looking at the CCTV footage, the security staff of the London hotel reportedly confronted all of these journalists and asked them politely to return the stolen cutlery. Reports say that all of them, embarrassed, returned the cutlery, except for one who thought he may have gotten away with it. The journalists have been fine 50 pounds for stealing the silver cutlery.