IndiGo cancels Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad's Pune ticket after Air India snub

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After being barred by all the airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted Air India staff member took a train to Mumbai on Friday. I hit him 25 times with my sandal.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police registered an FIR against Gaikwad on a complaint by Air India and its staff member.

He had booked the ticket from Indigo Airlines which was schedule to fly at 5pm.In spite of all this Mr Gaikwad refused to apologise for the assault.The Shiv Sena MP had bragged about hitting an AI staffer 25 times with his slipper.

The issue cropped up because according to Gaikwad, he had an open business class ticket but was given an economy seat, the Times of India reported.

Gaikwad also said that he has had no conversation with his party chief Uddhav Thackeray since the incident and added that he has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Civil Aviation Minister regarding the incident.

Gaikwad, whose profile says his favourite pastime apparently is "watching meaningful movies", said he went out to watch "Badrinath ki Dulhaniya" on Thursday night to "relax" after journalists sought his reaction over the incident.

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Last month, AirAsia India filed a police complaint in Bengaluru against two drunk fliers for creating "nuisance" onboard one of its flights. Upon learning about the situation, AI's shift manager requested Mr Gaikwad to deplane the aircraft, as 115 passengers were waiting to board the flight to Goa.

On Friday Indigo, a private airline, said it had cancelled Gaikwad's return booking and banned him from future flights.

The Sena leader earlier vowed to fly back to Pune, but Air India cancelled his ticket. "How can they not let me travel when I have a booking and I am their passenger". "How can they not allow me?" he said.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Gaikwad said: "I dare the Delhi police to arrest me... If he doesn't do that, we will use the chappal (slippers) and give him the same treatment he gave yesterday to the Air India employee", one of them said. This led to an argument with the airline employees in Pune and an assault on the manager by the MP when the aircraft landed in Delhi.

Members of the Shiv Sena had contradictory views.

Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.

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