FIR lodged against Shiv Sena MP for punching, throwing slipper at Air India manager

Admitting that he hit the Air India employee, Ravindra Gaikwad said Shivkumar had threatened to complain about him to Narendra Modi

An FIR has been lodged against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for punched and hitting a 60-year-old Air India Duty Manager with his slippers nearly 20 times. Gaikwad even tore the Air India employee’s shirt at the IGI airport for not allowing the politician to travel business class in an all-economy flight.

The airline has also constituted a committee to look into the incident and will be submitting its report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. “When I told him what he’s asking isn’t possible he became abusive and used foul language. He not only broke my specs but humiliated me in front of the whole crew. God save our country if this is the culture and behavior of our MPs,” Shivkumar, the staff member who was assaulted by the Shiv Sena said in his complaint letter.

According to the airline, Gaikwad was booked on an open ticket in business class with Air India which allows a passenger to take a flight on any date. But Gaikwad insisted on taking the 7:35 am AI 852 on Thursday 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 in Delhi. When the 60-year-old duty manager approached the MP to try and placate him but was manhandled.

Admitting that he hit Shivkumar, the MP said, “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),” he said adding that he would not apologise.