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    Forced to travel economy class, Sena MP assaults Air India staffer with slipper

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    Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad later told reporter he had no regrets about the incident, claiming that he had hit the staff “25 times”.

    Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad later told reporter he had no regrets about the incident, claiming that he had hit the staff “25 times”.
    A Shiv Sena MP Thursday hit an Air India employee with a slipper aboard a Pune-Delhi flight over seating issues.

    The MP Ravindra Gaikwad later admitted to the assault.

    "Maine pachhees maara usko (I hit him 25 times)," he said to media channels later.

    Gaikwad said he had complained about seating issues--his business class seat was changed to an economy seat aboard the flight AI 852-- and sought to speak to the airline crew member's superior officer. That led to an altercation and then the assault.

    Air India said a committee has been constituted to "look into the action" that can be taken against Gaikwad. Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju condemned Gaikwad's act, even as Twitter broke out in rage against it.

    "What is there to probe? MP has admitted to assault. AI management should file an FIR straight away and let police deal with it," Jitender Bhargava, former executive director at the national carrier posted on the micro-blogging site.

    Industry watchers have expressed doubts over the action the state-run carrier can take given the presence of unions affiliated to several political parties, including, Shiv Sena in its staff.
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    53 Comments on this Story

    Som Karamchetty1235 days ago
    How does any airline employee know a person to be an MP? Does he carry a halo around him? It is surprising that the person was not arrested for assault and jailed for the night straight after landing. In the US, a junior officer may arrest even a Member of the US House of Representatives and produce him before a justice, if the latter violated a law. People elect them as their representatives and not as their kings with a license to misbehave.
    Vini Jindel1236 days ago
    This minister should be forced to resign by its party. They are the goondas of worst order. Modesty should be the first qualification of a minister...he is a terrorist.
    Shiv N1236 days ago
    Yes, what is their to probe. This is wrong use of power and post. Public should also start treating netas with slippers if they not fulfill their promises during elections.
    This is a crime and since our law is crippled this will continue.
    Probing, proof etc. etc and he will enjoy his deed.
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