Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beaten an Air India staffer with slipper for not allotting the business class seat, as he paid for it.
New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beaten an Air India staffer with slipper after he was forced to travel economy class though he had an open business class ticket, official sources said on Thursday.
Air India lodged a FIR in this incident. Air India is also examining the creation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers on the lines of other carriers.
The incident took place when flight Air India 852 from Pune landed at New Delhi airport around 10.30 a.m. on Thursday.
Seemingly nursing a grouse, MP Gaikwad declined to get off the flight, causing the problem to other passengers and crew on board.
Gaikwad said, “Yes I hit him, he misbehaved with me. I had paid for a business class ticket. This is not the first time it has happened.”
“I have complained several times but no action has been taken. So this time I lost my cool,” he stated.
“MP Gaikwad hit me, he used bad words and not only did he broke my glasses but humiliated me in front of the whole crew,” said the AI staff member.
Some of the officials were sent by the AI to enquire about the incident and came to know that he was forced to travel economy class though he held an open executive class ticket.
After landing in New Delhi, when the staff requested the Gaikwad to leave the flight, Gaikwad reportedly flared up and beaten them with his slipper, the sources said.
The main cause of allotting the business class seat to MP Ravindra is, the aircraft was operated by an old ATR aircraft which has only economy class configuration said the sources.
Former Air India executive director and aviation expert, Jitendra Bhargava say, “This is how members of Shiv Sena generally behave. Slapping a person with slipper is a criminal act.” He condemned the attack on the Air India staffer.
Air India has set up a panel to inquiry the incident before taking any further steps.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena party spokesperson Manisha Kayande said, “Whatever happened was very unfortunate. We will speak to Gaikwad and will try to find out what went wrong. The matter will be taken up by our party chief Uddhav Thackeray.”