Did not assault any official: Diwakar Reddy on alleged ruckus at airport

When contacted, IndiGo said it has initiated a probe into the incident, but refused to elaborate on the issue. "We are investigating the matter and have no further comments to offer," the Gurgaon-based airline said in a statement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 15, 2017 8:07 pm
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Hours after he created ruckus at Vishakhapatnam airport, TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy denied assualting any official. Talking to media after the incident, Reddy said he had just asked the official to come out an “did not assault him”. Reddy, who represents Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur seat in the Lok Sabha, was not allowed to board an IndiGo flight to Hyderabad after he reported late, after which he allegedly created a ruckus at the airport.

As per aviation regulator DGCA norms, airlines close the check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure. He was scheduled to fly IndiGo’s flight 6E-608, which departs from the Viskahpatnam airport at 8.10 am, to Hyderabad. “On being informed by the airline staff that he was late and cannot be issued a boarding pass, an enraged Reddy went to the IndiGo office next to the check-in counter and created a ruckus,” the airline source said.

When contacted, IndiGo said it has initiated a probe into the incident, but refused to elaborate on the issue. “We are investigating the matter and have no further comments to offer,” the Gurgaon-based airline said in a statement. “The safety and security of our colleagues and customers is our highest priority,” it said.

However, the released CCTV footage shows Diwakar Reddy pushing the airport official from behind and engaging in a raged debate with the officials.

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Reddy had last year allegedly damaged furniture at Air India office at Gannavaram Airport in Vijayawada after missing his flight for similar reasons. After series of such incident in the past, the Centre in May had released draft rules for a national no-fly list of unruly passengers for all domestic carriers, proposing a ban on flying from three months up to an indefinite period. The government is likely to release the no-fly list rules by June 20.

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    Ramji
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:44 pm
    If the national Govt. does not do anything the same fate as the last Congress led Govt.is only 2 years away.The MP's are expecting the common man to treat them like Gods but their behavior is that of street thug.The Aviation Minister must take note stop making excuses.
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    P.N. Reddy
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm
    I am not surprised to see this kind of response from our national leaders - no respect to the common man nor the rules. I sincerely request the airline management to take to the court and follow thru, just like it happened with a common man. We, the citizens expect a better behavior from our political leaders. Oh GOD help us.
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    Citizen
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    Some of the elected idi------ think they are above law it is a shame on the voters of the cons uency so it is up to them not to send these guys again. They are the only right people to act on these issue as these guys are part of the law making they miserbly failed to bring in proper laws and law enforcement guys utterly failed even to enforce the existing laws is it possible for any common man/woman to behave like that and go scot free??? Wake up India shame on you. Jaihind
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    Ratnam
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm
    Since all of them, the MPs , are gods, it is time we mortals learn to respect them and take them on our shoulders.
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    Raj
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    Such pathetic behaviour by a elected official, I guess calling the police is out of the question as they are all afraid of him too most countries he would be arrested. Not in shining India.
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