Indian lawmaker hits national carrier crew with slippers


A senior Indian lawmaker on Thursday, bragged about hitting an employee of the national carrier, Air India with his slipper as he was denied a business class seat in a Delhi-bound flight.

Employees of Air India have now demanded strict action against Ravindra Gaikwad, the lawmaker from the western state of Maharashtra’s regional Hindu fundamentalist Shiv Sena party.

The incident took place when Gaikwad was coming to Delhi from the Maharashtra’s Pune city on an Air India flight that apparently did not have a business class.

After thrashing the Air India employee, the Shiv Sena parliamentarian even bragged about in when local TV channels sought his reaction to the incident.

“He was arrogant. I hit him 25 times with my sandal,” he told the media.

The Air India flight crew has, however, alleged that he was “humiliated in front of the entire crew and his spectacles were broken.”

As the chorus for action against the 57-year-old lawmaker grew stronger, Indian Aviation Minister quipped, “No citizen should ever resort to any kind of physical assault let alone an Member of Parliament.”

Even the BJP has strongly condemned the incident.

“Elected representatives need to respect people who are doing their job, irrespective of whether the Air India man was rude,” said Shaina NC, the BJP spokesperson.  (Xinhua/Naija247news)

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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