Ravindra Gaikwad, a Shiv Sena MP has reportedly hit a 60-year-old Air India staffer with slippers repeatedly when the flight landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Thursday morning.
According to reports, the reason for the MP’s highhandedness was that he could not travel business class in an all-economy flight.
“Incident was reported from Air India flight AI 852 (Pune-Delhi), in which MP Ravindra Gaikwad was travelling. The flight landed around 10 am but the MP refused to deboard. When the airline security staff was called and he got angry and started beating them with slippers,” an airport source was quoted saying.
The airline will be filing an FIR against the MP. It has also constituted a committee to look into the incident and will be submitting its report shortly to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, according to Air India.
The MP turned violent, broke the duty manager’s spectacles, tore his shirt, hit him with slippers 16-17 timesAir India sources
According to the airline, Gaikwad booked an open ticket in business class which allows a passenger to take a flight on any date. But Gaikwad insisted on taking the 7:35 am AI 852 this morning from Pune to Delhi, which is an all-economy flight, sparking an argument between Air India staff and the politician.
The MP boarded the flight but refused to alight from the aircraft when it landed at IGI airport here. This is when the 60-year-old duty manager, Shivkumar, approached the MP to try and placate him but was brutally manhandled, said Air India sources.
Gaikwad admitted hitting the Air India employee with his slippers.
He asked who is this MP and said he would complain to Modi. So I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal. I am Shiv Sena member, not of BJP, to entertain abuses (hurled at me)Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP
The MP added that he “will not apologise” for the hooliganism .
Gaikwad said he would also complain to the Lok Sabha Speaker about the incident.
I told him (the official) that I have given a complaint to the air-hostess, you should refer to that. I am not going to repeat my complaint to whoever comes to ask about it. I asked him to call a senior who could resolve the issue but he said no, I will look into itRavindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP
The staffer has been identified as R Sukumar, a 60-year-old duty manager.