Troubled flier in mid-air row
There was chaos at the Sahar police station on Friday when a 24-year-old engineer, arrested earlier on charges of eve teasing airhostesses and threatening passengers on a Jet Airways flight from London, hit out and splashed water at policemen.Updated: Jan 31, 2009 14:22 IST
There was chaos at the Sahar police station on Friday when a 24-year-old engineer, arrested earlier on charges of eve teasing airhostesses and threatening passengers on a Jet Airways flight from London, hit out and splashed water at policemen.
The man, identified as Prashant Inene, an employee of a London-based company, screamed at the policemen in Telugu and English when they tried to talk to him, the police said.
“Who the hell are you to ask me questions? Why should I answer you? What right do you have to keep me here?” were some of the questions he reportedly flung at the police.
On Thursday, Inene boarded Jet Airways flight 9W117 at 9.30 pm from London to Mumbai. According to the Sahar police, Inene,
a resident of Hyderabad, was to board a connecting flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad on Friday but his on board behaviour landed him in jail after the plane touched Mumbai airport at 11.30 am.
“Inene reportedly abused and misbehaved with the flight crew and also eve teased the airhostesses,” Senior Police Inspector Dilip Patil said. “He also threatened passengers and threw objects like pens and spoons at them, disturbing the entire flight.”
A police officer from the Sahar police told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity that Inene claimed he had been fired from his job, which may have disturbed him.
“The crew of Jet Airways handled him till they landed in Mumbai and registered a complaint against him for outraging the modesty of women, eve teasing, giving life threats to the passengers and for rash and negligent acts that endangered lives of people,” said Patil.
Inene will be sent for a medical test to determine if is mentally unwell, the police said. “We will also contact his family in Hyderabad for his medical history.”
Inene’s cousin Hanumant Rao, who stays in Hyderabad, said Inene had gone to London on a study visa and was working part time in a private company. “When Prashant called home 20 days ago he was blabbering. I suspected that he was suffering from some mental illness and told him to come home immediately.”
Rao said he was waiting to pick up his cousin from Hyderabad airport on Friday evening when “I was informed by the Mumbai police that he had been arrested”.
Anant Nadkarni, head of the city-based Institute of Psychological Health said: “Losing jobs and academic stress among individuals studying abroad or working can add to insecurity and uncertainty.”
Jet Airways officials were not available for comment and failed to respond to SMSes.
First Published: Jan 31, 2009 14:22 IST