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Army jawan arrested in Mumbai for trying to open emergency exit of flight

According to the airport police, the accused is from Bihar and was going to Assam to resume his duties after a ten-day holiday.

mumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2017 15:59 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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An FIR has been registered against the man under section 336 of the Indian Penal Code for endangering life or personal safety of others and under relevant sections of Aircraft rules.(Picture for representation)

The Airport police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man, who is a jawan in the Indian Army, for allegedly trying to open the emergency exit of a flight while it was on standby on the domestic airport on Monday evening. The flight was about to leave when the incident occurred, sparking tension among other passengers on the flight.

According to the airport police, the accused is from Bihar and was going to Assam to resume his duties after a ten-day holiday. The flight had come to Mumbai via Lucknow and was to fly to Guwhati, Assam in sometime.

Around 4pm, the jawan seated near the emergency exit tried to open the door. The cabin crew member who saw it alerted the others, and he was stopped from doing so. The police said a family member of the accused had passed away recently and he was in two minds about resuming his duty. The police, however, said it is not clear why he was trying to open the exit door.

The jawan has denied the allegations made against him, adding that it was a misunderstanding.

The jawan was then taken off the flight and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) handed him over to the Airport police. Based on the allegation made by the private airline, a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the man under section 336 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for endangering life or personal safety of others and under relevant sections of Aircraft rules. He was produced before a magistrate court on Tuesday, and was granted bail on personal bond.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 15:59 IST