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Attack on Air India Staffer: Sena MP leaves train midway, untraceable

Saturday March 25, 2017 10:45 PM, & Agencies

Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who was took a train from Delhi after all major airlines in the country put him on their no-fly list for assaulting a senior Air India official, Saturday did not get down at the Mumbai Central station here as expected.

Gaikwad is understood to have got down at Vapi station in Gujarat, Sena sources said. However, it was not clear whether he headed for Mumbai or Osmanabad, his constituency, according to PTI.

Gaikwad had on Thursday attacked the Air India staffer after a scuffle over sitting arrangment. He also said that the AI staffer had abused him.

"Yes,I had hit the staff. Do you expect me to hear their abuses quietly?" Gaikwad said.

Gaikwad was travelling from Pune to New Delhi when the scuffle broke out over the sitting arrangement. He claimed that his ticket was for business class but Air India provided him economy class.

The Air India who was later identified as R Sukumar alleged that the MP had used foul language, snatched his glasses, pinned him to the ground and hit him with a slipper when he tried to persuade him to get off the plane.

In his complaint letter sent to the authorities Sukumar later said, "God will only save Indi if this is the culture and behavior of our MPs".

"God save our country if this is the culture & behavior of our MPs", the 60-year-old Duty Manager said.

"R.Gaikwad hit me, used bad words & not only broke my specs but also humiliated me in front of the whole crew", he said in his complaint letter, according to news agency ANI.

"When I told him what he's asking isn't possible he (Shiv Sena MP R.Gaikwad) became abusive, used foul language", he said.



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