Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sena asks Air India to introspect

New Delhi:  Boarding a domestic airline will now be just a flight of fancy for Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who beat up a 60-year-old Air India staffer with his sandal and tried to throw him out of the aircraft in Delhi on Thursday. In a first in the country, all scheduled Indian airlines on Friday barred the Lok Sabha member from their flights for an indefinite period.
Acting on complaints of the victim and Air India, the Delhi police registered an FIR against Gaikwad for attempt to commit culpable homicide and for assault or criminal force with an intent to dishonour a person. "We're transferring the case to the crime branch for a thorough probe," said senior police officer Dependra Pathak, adding that the MP may be called for questioning.
But both Gaikwad and his party, Shiv Sena, remained unrepentant. While Gaikwad left for Mumbai by train, Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said Air India "needs to introspect" and ponder "what would happen if the public decides to blacklist the airline" — a not-so-veiled warning to the national carrier and other airlines that banned the MP as a passenger.
Raut said, "Aam aadmi ho ya mantri ho, kisi ka bhi gussa phut sakta hai agar uske saath galat hua hai (anybody can lose their temper if they've been wronged, be it a common man or a minister)... Galti hui hai, haat utha hai... We'll find out who's responsible for this. So what if an FIR has been registered? Hum dekh lenge aur kis par FIR honi chahiye."
25/03/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India