Sena MP, who beat up AI official, summoned by party chief Thackeray

Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly beat the official with slippers after his seat was changed from business to economy class.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2017 09:38 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Shiv Sena Ravindra Gaikwad is unapologetic about hitting the Air India official. (ANI Twitter)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has summoned party’s member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad who on Thursday allegedly beat up a 60-year old Air India staffer with his slippers on Thursday morning, causing outrage.

Gaikwad, Shiv Sena office-bearers said, was to leave Delhi at around 7pm and would head straight to Thackeray’s Bandra residence in Mumbai.

The MP was angry allegedly because Air India changed his seat in the Pune-Delhi flight AI-852 from the business to economy class.

The staffer has been identified as R Sukumar, a duty manager. While he has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, Air India, too, has launched an inquiry.

“The flight landed (In Delhi) around 10am but the MP refused to de-board. When airline security staff was called, he got angry and started beating them with slippers,” an airport source said.

Gaikwad didn’t deny hitting the official.

“What did he say...Yes, I beat him with a sandal 25 times. Should I tolerate abuses from the media, from the company (Air India) just because I am an MP?,” Gaikwad, who represents Maharashtra’s Osmanabad in the Lok Sabha, told ANI.

“I am not going to repeat my complaint to whoever comes to ask about it. I asked him to call a senior who could resolve the issue but he said no, I will look into it.”

First Published: Mar 23, 2017 18:09 IST