Tokyo Olympic medalist prospect Manu Bhaker has called for action against two Air India employees who are alleged to have “harassed” and “insulted” the shooter with a gun as she tried to board a flight to Bhopal from Delhi. .
The 19-year-old British Community Player and Gold Medalist Youth Olympics shooter finally managed to board the plane on Friday night after the intervention of the Minister of Sports Kiren Ridge.
Manu, one of the country’s brightest hopes for a medal at the upcoming Games, thanked Ridge for his quick intervention, but also hopes for action against Air India employees at Delhi airport. Later, Air India also apologized for the behavior of its employees.
“They can be held accountable for the harassment and insult I suffered, as trying to save my employees (Manoj Gupta and another airline security official) will only further damage Air India’s reputation,” Manu told PTI Bhopal. .
The champion shooter with a pistol added: “Air India now claims that they just wanted documents and did their job, but I’m sure everything was filmed by CCTV cameras. You can check …
“They grabbed my cell phone and deleted the photo my mother clicked while the harassment continued.”
After considering the issue, Ridiju called Manu “India’s pride.”
Air India also apologized.
“Madam, we are really sorry that you encountered inconvenience while traveling with us. Please kindly share details of the problem, along with your DM contact details, to assist you,” Air India wrote on Twitter. .
Manu said she had to go through the “test” even though she had all the valid documents and permission from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to travel with her weapons and ammunition.
But then they refused to recognize even DGCA and when I told them that I travel often with my ammunition and that I am a shooter who will represent India at the Olympics, they said “whether you play in national or olympic games, it doesn’t matter to us “.
“Their behavior was unacceptable, I want to say at least to respect the athletes and not to offend them from time to time. The main problem was not money, but his behavior. The ministry takes care of all our expenses,” she said.
In another post, the airline wrote: “Dear Ms. Bhaker, our team at Delhi Airport has confirmed that our clerk only searched for valid documents according to the rules for transporting your weapon on board.”
On Friday, the ISSF World Cup gold medalist Manu attacked AI staff and sought help from authorities in a series of tweets.
“It does not allow me to board flight AI 437 in IGI Delhi and I want 10200rs now Despite all the valid documentation and permission DGCA. The tip of this charge and other Manoj Gupta Air staff humiliates me even though I have 2 weapons and ammunition,” he wrote. she. Ridge and Aviation Minister Hardype Puri.
“Think that this type of behavior is not acceptable. Manoj Gupta is not even human. He treats me like a criminal. Also his security duties. Such people need basic training in behavior, hopefully the Ministry of Aviation. understand and send it to the right place. “
“It does not allow me to board flight AI 437 in IGI Delhi and I want 10200rs now Despite all the valid documentation and permission for the DGCA. on Twitter.