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

Ravindra Gaikwad

"It is Illogical that the other four airlines have also put Gaikwad on a no-fly list".

To defuse the situation, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has called a meeting with all the domestic airlines here on Tuesday.

But civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju appeared to justify the ban.

The multi-pronged strategy is being considered after the flying ban on Gaikwad was raised in Parliament on Monday.

"MPs need to attend Parliament and they can't travel always by train".

Ravindra Gaikwad sparked outrage last week after he assaulted a 60-year-old Air India officer on board a Pune-Delhi flight apparently over being denied a business class seat.

Gaikwad is said to be staying at a relative's house in Pune now.

Gaikwad stayed put at some undisclosed location, saying he had been asked by the Sena leadership to "keep quiet".

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The incident triggered a furore prompting Air India and six private airliners imposing a ban on Gaikwad.

Asked about the offence committed by the MP, Agrawal said there were provisions in the law to deal with the matter.

"Airlines are within their rights to stop someone from boarding a flight if there is a chance that he will be unruly". Despite noisy protests from members of Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP at the Centre, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar did not make any intervention. At times, they need to travel by plane also. MP Anandrao Adsul, who raised the issue in the House, said comedian Kapil Sharma too had got violent during a flight to Australia recently but had not been barred from flying.

Mahajan said the MPs have so far not given any notice of breach of privilege motion against the airlines.

In Omerga towns in Osmanabad, the party called for complete shutdown and also held motorcycle rallies in support of its leader. The airlines have requested the government to form a rule to prepare a "no-fly" list so that a passenger can't challenge it. "I am with my family members and I will celebrate Gudi Padwa with them before returning to Parliament on Wednesday morning", he said.

Gaikwad, a first-time MP from Maharashtra's Osmanabad, was then blacklisted by Air India and five other airlines, including IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir, Jet Airways and Vistara.


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