A 56-year-old Head Constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was arrested from the IGI Airport in Delhi for allegedly “molesting” a fellow passenger on an IndiGo flight from Goa, according to police.
The incident occurred on May 4 and the accused was released on bail, the officer said. Police sources said the complainant was a 32-year-old senior manager with a multinational firm.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) Dinesh Kumar Gupta told The Indian Express that the accused has been identified as Raghubir Prasad, who hails from Rajasthan and is currently posted in Karnataka.
“The arrest was made on May 4 following the victim’s complaint and a case under Section 354-A (assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) was registered. The accused was on official leave and going to his native place,” said Gupta.
Deputy Inspector General S K Sinha of CISF, the paramilitary force that is in charge of Delhi Airport, said he was not aware about the incident and refused to comment.
Sources the incident came to light on the flight when the woman started screaming for help. “The crew members panicked and rushed to help her. She was in a window seat, the middle seat was vacant and Prasad was sitting on the aisle seat,” sources said.
The victim told crew members that Prasad started staring at her once their journey began and that she avoided him. “Before landing, he made a lewd gesture at her, which was also noticed by fellow passengers,” said sources.
Police sources said CISF personnel at the airport took almost two hours to inform Delhi Police about the incident. “The accused was arrested based on the victim’s statement, and produced before a court from where he was released on bail,” the sources said.