God save our country, says Air India staffer after slipper assault by Sena MP
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India staff on board a Pune-Delhi flight, may not be able to fly with the national carrier again.delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2017 21:14 IST
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India staff on board a Pune-Delhi flight, may not be able to fly with the national carrier again. In response to the unruly treatment against a 60-year-old duty manager, the airline is planning to draw up a no-fly list of unruly passengers and put Gaikwad on it.
“The complaint by R Sukumar and report by Deputy General Manager confirms that MP assaulted him and even tried to push him off the plane. He tore away the button of his cardigan, broke his specs and humiliated him in front of other crew members,” said an Air India official.
In his complaint, Sukumar said the MP abused him. “God save our country if this is the culture and behaviour of our MPs,” he wrote.
On Thursday morning, Shiv Sena Lok Sabha MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit the 60-year-old airline staffer with slippers. The MP was angry allegedly because Air India changed his seat from business to economy class. Air India said that the MP had an open ticket of business class, which means he could have travelled in any Air India flight.
Despite being informed that AI 852 did not have a business class, the MP chose to travel in the same flight. Upon landing at Delhi airport, he refused to deboard asking for the CMD to arrive and apologise, said an Air India official. When Sukumar tried to talk to him, he got furious and hit him “25 times”.
WATCH: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad admits that he beat an Air India staff member with slippers,remains defiant pic.twitter.com/1ws5nYptkn— ANI (@ANI_news) March 23, 2017
Sukumar has filed a complaint of assault while Air India is filing another complaint for forcibly holding up the flight. The same aircraft had to go to Goa and 115 passengers had to wait for 40 minutes as the MP refused to deboard.
According to the police, they have received one complaint so far and are examining it. “They have said that they will file another complaint but we are yet to receive it. The complainant has been sent for medical examination. An FIR will be filed after medical examination,” said a senior Delhi Police official.
Meanwhile, Gaikwad has written to LS speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok G Raju listing out problems plaguing Air India.