Air India, Ravindra Gaikwad row: Police records 15 statements, obtains CCTV footage

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Published: March 27, 2017 11:08:09 PM

A team of Delhi Police today recorded statements of 15 Air India staffers, including the 60-year-old airline official, who was allegedly assaulted by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad at IGI airport here last week.

The team supervised by Crime Branch DCP Ram Gopal Naik reached the Indira Gandhi International airport and recorded the statements of the AirIndia staff. (PTI)

A team of Delhi Police today recorded statements of 15 Air India staffers, including the 60-year-old airline official, who was allegedly assaulted by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad at IGI airport here last week. The team supervised by Crime Branch DCP Ram Gopal Naik reached the Indira Gandhi International airport and recorded the statements of the AirIndia staff. They also took possession of the CCTV footage and videos capturing the incident.

“The statements of around 15 AirIndia staffers who witnessed the assault on Sukumar were recorded. The CCTV footage and other videos capturing the incident were also obtained,” said a senior police officer. The 57-year-old first-term MP had repeatedly hit the Air India staffer on March 23 after the Pune-Delhi flight landed in the national capital. He was furious at having to fly economy on an all-economy flight despite having a business class coupon.
A case was registered by the Delhi police in connection with the incident on Friday. Later, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch. The incident had led to widespread condemnation and outrage as a purported video clip of the episode went viral on social media. The officer added that the possibility of arrest of the MP could not be commented upon as the matter was under investigation.

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Today Shiv Sena and other ministers also came out in support of Gaikwad saying that airlines barring him from traveling are wrong as he has not been proven guilty. Gaikwad has alleged that the Air India staff member pushed him and yelled at him which provoked him. He has also filed an FIR against the airline. The case is being probed. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and the Centre has also ordered an inquiry into the matter to scrutinise the series of event and bring out the culprit.

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