A para-cyclist from Hyderabad was reportedly forced to remove his prosthetic leg during the security check at Bengaluru airport on Tuesday, even though he pleaded that the process was slow and could cause bleeding.
Aditya Mehta wrote about his experience in a Facebook post and called for better treatment of differently-abled people.
Responding to the allegations, CISF said its officials were only following security procedures.
In his post, Mehta said that CISF officials forced him to undo and redo his prothesis before he was to board a 5.30 am flight from Bengaluru to Hyderabad. “I have been suffering an injury since the past 20 days with my stump (operated limb) and the security check officials only said, ‘It is your problem’, in this regard. It took me 40 minutes to remove and wear my prosthetic limb which left me bleeding at the end,” Mehta wrote.
“Many of the officials at other airports were sensible enough to understand when I told them about my injury and they let me go. But at the Kempegowda Airport, the same officer Mr. Thakur Das, who was very rude the previous time, gave me an equally humiliating treatment this time too,” he added. Mehta was referring to another incident when he was allegedly humiliated over his prosthetic leg.
The para-cyclist, who lost his leg following an accident, said airport authorities must set up body scanners to prevent humiliation of differently-abled people, and called for sensitisation of CISF personnel. “This isn’t just my personal battle… I am here to stand for my people and make a change. A shoutout to the concerned authorities — fall in line and change the system. Else, be ready to bear the heat,” he said.
The CISF said that policies on security at airports were made by decision-makers. “We are just executing orders to check air passengers. The matter raised by Mehta was related to change of policy, and if they really want to change the procedures they have to approach the concerned department and agencies,” DC-PRO for CISF Manjit Singh said.