Civil Aviation Minister condemns physical assault on Air India staff

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had admitted to beating up a 60-year-old Air India duty manager with sandals following a heated argument over seating arrangement.

Published: 23rd March 2017 05:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2017 10:33 AM   |  A+A-

Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Condemning the physical assault of the Air India staff who was beaten up by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said no political party will encourage such an act.

“It is a question of human behaviour. Any citizen hitting an Air Line staffer doesn’t make any sense. If there is anything, it can always be taken up. No citizen will behave like this. No political party will encourage physical assault. It should never have happened. Any physical assault should always be condemned,” Raju told ANI.

Gaikwad earlier in the day admitted that he hit an Air India staffer with slipper followed by a business class sitting issue.
 
“Yes, I had hit the staff. Do you expect me to hear their abuses quietly? What should have I done? He first misbehaved with me,” Gaikwad told ANI.
 
He further said that he had filed a complaint regarding the sitting arrangement but nobody was there to answer the problem, adding that he had take such an action.
 
“I will complain about this misbehaviour in the Parliament. They can complaint whoever they want to I will give my answer,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, Air India staffer, Sukumar, who was hit by Gaikwad said that the MP  broke his glasses, used bad words and humiliated him in front of the entire crew.
 
“When I told him what he (Gaikwad) is asking isn't possible, he became abusive and started using foul language. God save our country if this is the culture and behaviour of our MPs,” the Air India staffer said.

Earlier in the day, in a grim reminder of the VVIP culture, Gaikwad hit an Air India staff with his slipper over business class sitting issue.
 
Gaikwad was travelling from Pune to New Delhi when the scuffle broke out over the sitting arrangement.
 
The MP claimed that his ticket was for business class but Air India provided him economy class.
 
An Air India spokesperson said a team has been constituted to probe the entire incident.

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