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Last Updated: Friday, 9 March 2007, 22:43 GMT
Fight mars Hurley's India wedding
By Monica Chadha
BBC News, Jodhpur

Reporters clash with security guards
Reporters clash with security guards

A scuffle broke out between journalists and security guards following British actress Elizabeth Hurley's Indian wedding to businessman Arun Nayar.

The fight started outside Mehrangarh fort, in Jodhpur, when reporters tried to block the celebrity couple's Bentley as it entered the venue for a dinner.

The journalists then chased the car into the fort, forcing a lockdown.

Media were denied access to the events after a UK magazine reportedly bought rights to the couple's wedding photos.

Slap in the face

Indian security guards pushed the journalists from the car to let it enter the venue.

A security guard slapped a woman journalist while another female journalist slapped another guard. Yet another guard pushed another female reporter out of the way.

The Bentley, decorated with flowers and blacked-out windows, drove away quickly but angry journalists followed behind on foot.

They broke through the first security cordon at the foot of the fort and then started moving up towards the entrance.

They were joined by some locals who did not want to miss out on any action.

All attempts by the security guards to stop them failed, and the huge gates to the fort finally had to be shut to prevent anyone from getting inside the lavish dinner party.

The crowd finally dispersed after an hour of demanding an apology from the private security company. A journalist present there told the BBC website no apology was given.

Tight security

Earlier in the evening, the celebrity couple had tied the knot according to Hindu traditions in the grand Umaid Bhawan fort. Security has been tight around the wedding functions and no media have been given information about the events since UK magazine Hello reportedly bought exclusive rights to the marriage pictures for a huge sum.

The actress had brought her bodyguards from the UK and a private security company was also hired from India to ensure that all press was kept at bay.

The newlyweds arrived in Mumbai on Monday and kick-started the Indian leg of their wedding celebrations.

After attending parties hosted in their favour, the couple flew into Jodhpur city on Wednesday in preparation for their wedding on Friday.

They are expected to fly back to Mumbai on Saturday.

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