Sunday, February 21, 2021

CCTV Footage Counters Shooter's "Insult" Complaint, Says Air India

New Delhi: Air India on Sunday refuted Indian Olympian and shooter Manu Bhaker's allegations of harrassment by its officials at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport while she was trying to board a flight from Delhi to Bhopal, noting that the CCTV footage indicates otherwise.

Ms Bhakar had alleged that she was stopped from boarding an Air India flight from Delhi on Friday unless she coughed up over ₹ 10,000 as she was carrying weapons and ammunition for her training.

She had also alleged that the Air India employees had harassed her, snatching her phone when she tried to take their pictures, and made her feel like a "criminal."

Rebutting the shooter's claims, Air India said that only the "legitimate documents were asked for, contrary to the allegations made."

"After verification of documents shown by Ms Bhaker, the Security Officials informed her that the document required for exemption of payment of handling charge for carriage of arms, as per laid down norms, is not there and, as such, fixed charges for the carriage of arms would have to be paid," it said.

The airline, in its statement, also said that it was explained to Ms Bhaker as to why the documents for exemption shown by her was not valid.

Further, Air India said that its employee, Manoj Gupta, whom Ms Bhaker alleged had harassed her, had at no point, communicated directly with Ms Bhaker.

21/02/21  Vishnu Som/NDTV

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