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Deplaning case: Indian Airlines pilot, crew booked

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 12:50 IST
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THE GANDHI Nagar police have booked the pilot of the Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) for allegedly preventing a woman passenger from boarding the flight on Friday evening. 

The case against pilot and other staff of the airlines has been registered under sections 294, 323 and 34 of IPC voluntarily causing hurt with the common intention and obscene acts on the complaint of Madhulika Shrivastava, the wife of Congress spokesman Brijmohan Shrivastava.

Nobody has been named in the FIR though. Madhulika Shrivastava had to fly to Mumbai and had her luggage cleared from security at the airport but claimed that she was rudely prevented from boarding the Mumbai-bound flight (IC-134) and allegedly pushed out of the plane by the pilot who abused her and called her a terrorist.

After the incident, the Shrivastava couple staged a dharna at the Gandhi Nagar police station, as the police initially refused to register their complaint of misbehaviour against the flight captain.

The case was subsequently registered. On Saturday morning the Congress leader faxed copies of complaint regarding misbehaviour by pilot and local staff of airlines to the Airlines CMD and the Civil Aviation Minister Prafull Patel.

However, Indian Airlines manager Firoz Khan stoutly denied the allegations, claiming nothing unusual happened on Friday night.

“Madhulika Shrivastava rushed to the flight at the last moment. By that time all the papers had been signed. I even requested the captain if the passenger could be accommodated but he refused, saying the flight can not be delayed,” the manager told Hindustan Times.

He denied Madhulika’s allegation that the pilot was drunk. “He (the pilot) did not even come out of his cabin while the lady was shouting at the escalator of the plane”, he claimed.

But Madhulika is firm on her allegation that she was whisked away from her seat in the plane and her luggage was thrown out. “I had reached on time and taken my seat. But the captain came to me in an inebriated condition and misbehaved” she told HT.

“I will not sit quiet till exemplary action is taken against the guilty pilot,” an anguished Brijmohan told HT. His wife ultimately left for Mumbai by Jet Airways flight on Saturday.