The two men, who were allegedly caught recording a breastfeeding mother and taking pictures of air hostesses on board IndiGo plane, work as patwaris in Madhya Pradesh.
The airlines had lodged a case against them for their act but had refused to disclose their identities then. But, the locals in Madhya Pradesh identified them as Virendra Miholia and Ashish Tripathi through their pictures carried by a section of media. They work with the revenue department in Bhind, the locals said.
The two had boarded Guwahati IndiGo Airlines’ flight 6E-221 from Delhi on March 24 morning and were accompanied by local MLA Narendra Singh Kushwaha and two others.
Talking to HT, Virendra Miholia said that they were taking their own photographs when a woman came and started accusing them of clicking photographs of an air hostess. She threatened to lodge a complaint against them with the police. “We don’t know who that woman was and why she did this,” he said in his defence.
According to earlier media reports, the two had started recording video of the woman and the air hostesses immediately after the flight took off from Delhi. The cabin crew warned them and they had to later delete the video they had made.
However, they didn’t stop and were later spotted by Angellica Aribam, who is the National Student Union of India (NSUI) leader. When Aribam objected, they dared her to do whatever she could. Ariban later tweeted them as saying, “Karlo Jo Karna hai” and also posted their pictures on Twitter.
They along with the MLA and his men had de-boarded at Guwahati airport, visited Ma Kamakhya temple and returned to Delhi by a SpiceJet flight on the same day. Since Spicejet staff was aware of the incident, they informed the CISF about the two persons, who were required in connection with the ‘filming’ incident. However, CISF let them go after questioning at Delhi airport.
(With inputs from Subhash Kumar Jain in Bhind)