Ravindra Gaikwad assaults Air India Staff, takes train for Mumbai after airline ban

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was banned from flying by Air India and 6 privte airlines as he allegedly assaulted an elderly Air India (AI) staffer over the allocation of a seat.

An FIR has also been registered against Gaikwad at Delhi. “A case has been registered under Sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). We are transferring the case to the Crime Branch for a thorough probe,” Special Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said.

Gaikwad, Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad seat, slapped and hit 60-year-old duty manager R Sukumar 25 times with his slippers when the official persuaded him to disembark after the plane landed at the IGI Airport from Pune.

The MP refused to alight, holding up the aircraft for over 40 minutes Thursday.

Meanwhile, state carrier AI along with four private airlines banned Gaikwad from flying on their planes. Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir are the members of Federation of India Airlines.

Gaikwad said, “I have no regret. That person should come and apologise to me and then the Air India CMD should also come and apologise.

In his complaint, Gaikwad said he was made to travel by AI on economy class even as he had business class ticket. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they stop me?” he said.

“Police should take action to restrict these people from doing this kind of things again. They should not keep on doing it. They should not take it as their birthright to assault a person,” said Sukumar.

Security personnel of both CISF and Delhi Police were deployed at IGIA after Aam Aadmi Sena activists arrived with roses and slippers to greet Gaikwad but he was a ‘no-show’ following ban on him.


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