Air India on Thursday registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.
A Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Air India has submitted the inquiry report corroborating the incident and is examining creation of no fly list of unruly passengers, said Air India spokesperson.
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad punched and hit a 60-year-old Air India Duty Manager, Shivkumar, with his slippers nearly 20 times and tore his shirt at IGI airport, here on Thursday just because he could not travel business class in an all-economy flight.
“The MP turned violent, broke the duty manager’s spectacles, tore his shirt, hit him with slippers 16-17 times,” said Air India sources.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party while condemning the act said that the Shiv Sena has time and again been involved in such violent acts.
“This is not the first time when Shiv Sena MP R Gaikwad has been involved in violence. The Shiv Sena has time and again showed a culture of violence. My only question is will the Speaker of Parliament take action against him,” said Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla.
Poonawalla also said that it would be important to see whether Air India will be allowed to take action against the MP and take the matter forward or not.
“Will the Shiv Sena sack this MP and if they do not sack him it means that they agree with the action and they justify his actions,” he said.
Another Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya said Gaikwad’s does not showcase the VVIP culture, adding it is just Shiv Sena’s culture.
“This must be the Shiv Sena’s culture, but this is not a culture of any other party. If he had any issue, he should have protested while the ticket was issued to him. It is not justified to hit the Air India staffer,” Bhattacharya said.