Two IndiGo airlines employees allegedly bore the wrath of religious guru Asaram Bapu, 70, when he was flying from Vadodara to Delhi last month.
According to airline sources, trouble started on November 10 evening when Bapu and 20 followers reached late at the civil airport Harni and were denied a boarding pass.
“They were denied boarding passes as the flight was about to take off and were offered seats on the next flight. A verbal spat broke out between Bapu and one ground staffer with his followers shouting slogans,” said an IndiGo employee.
The guru was travelling on IndiGo’s flight 6E-682 from Vadodara to Delhi and after much persuasion, he was finally given seats on the same flight.
Soon, another spat broke-out mid-air between a flight attendant and Bapu when the guru’s deputy Sureshanand wanted to use the toilet. “Since the flight was due to land in 20 minutes, the front toilet had been locked — a normal safety procedure. He was requested to use the rear one,” the source said.
But the guru and his aide allegedly took offence and claimed that the request was ridiculous as they were seated in the front.
“The slogan-shouting commenced and a verbal spat, this time with a flight crew, ensued. The crew intimated the pilot who requested special security arrangements at Terminal 1C where the flight landed at 11.10 pm,” the airline source said.
SK Saraswat, spokesperson, CISF said, “As soon as the flight landed, both parties were requested to sort out the issue.”
A spokesperson for Asaram Bapu from Ahmedabad said over the phone, “A written complaint was given to the airline about her misbehaviour with Bapuji. The airline apologised and the issue was buried.”
An IndiGo spokesperson maintained, “The message about using the toilet had been politely conveyed and there was no misdemeanour on the crew member’s part.”