A Malaysian PIO (Person of Indian Origin) was allegedly assaulted by three people including a co-passenger near the Outer Ring Road at Gachibowli in Hyderabad, after he objected to the passenger "talking" on a mobile phone while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur.
P Shankar Ram, a barrister from Malaysia, suffered injuries after he was beaten up by the young air passenger and his two bodyguards after he landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad here yesterday, the police said.
Ram, who lodged a complaint with RGIA police after the incident claimed that the youngster intercepted his car while he was on way to a hotel here and one of his bodyguards assaulted him with his belt even as he was kicked and punched, causing injuries, the police said, quoting his complainant.
Ram said that the youngster began speaking over his mobile phone when the plane was about to take-off from Kuala Lumpur.
The flight crew had told him to stop talking over the phone and he too had told him that he was "compromising the safety" of other passengers, Ram said, seeking action against the youngster.
The police said that the accused youngster too lodged a counter complaint, alleging that the Malaysian, on board the plane had tried to misbehave with woman travelling with him under an inebriated condition.
The RGIA police booked a case and are investigating both the versions.