Olympic quota winner Manu Baker said Friday night that she was harassed by Air India staff at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) as she tried to board a flight from Delhi to Bhopal. Haryana’s 19-year-old shooter, who was carrying two weapons and ammunition on his way to the Bhopal Shooting Academy, was later allowed to board the flight.
After being stopped at Indira Gandhi Airport, 19-year-old Manu tweeted her “problem”, tagging the sports minister Kiren Ridge and Civil Aviation Minister Hardype Singh Puri, among others. Apparently after Rijiju’s intervention, she eventually boarded the AI 437.
Manu tweeted five times on Friday, starting at 8:17 p.m., and the last one was posted at 8:57 p.m., after she was released to board the flight. She thanked the Minister of Sports in her latest tweet: “Thank you @KirenRijiju, sir. I got on board after strong support from all of you. Thank you India. [Flag of India] [Folded hands] jai hind. “Ridjiju replied with a tweet, ‘You are the pride of India.’
Shortly afterwards, Air India responded to Manu tweet by tweet.
“IGI Delhi. I’m going to Bhopal (MP Shooting Acadmy For my training I have to carry weapons and ammunition, ask @airindiain officials to show a little respect or at least not offend the players every time and don’t ask for money. I have @ DGCAIndia permission”) , was the first of Manu’s tweets and she tagged @HardeepSPuri and @VasundharaBJP
Air India replied: “Madam, we are really sorry that you encountered inconveniences while traveling with us. We kindly ask you to share details of the problem with your DM contact details to help you. “
In her second tweet, Manu sensationally hinted that officials had asked her for “bribes.”
“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 (sic). The top of this charge in India Manoj Gupta Air does not recognize DGCA,” she wrote and tagged @narendramodi @ HardeepSPuri @AmitShah @VasundharaBJP “should I pay this bribe or !!!!”
Air India replied: “Madam, we have noted the details, please leave us a few minutes to inform the Delhi airport team.”
Manu’s next tweet reads: “Think that this type of behavior is not acceptable (sic). Manoj Gupta is not even human. He treats me like a criminal. Also his duty of security. Such people need basic training. for behavior, we hope the Ministry of Aviation will find and send it to the right place. “
Air India’s response, apparently after an inspection with its IGI staff, was: “Dear Ms. Bhaker, our team at Delhi Airport has confirmed that our desk clerk has only sought valid documents in accordance with the rules for carrying your weapon on board . (1/3). “
His next tweet reads: “(2/3) In the absence of the same, legal specified fees for weapons have been handed over to you. No one has asked for a” bribe “, as claimed. upload. “
Air India further wrote on Twitter: “(3/3) As soon as the official valid documents were shown by you at the place of embarkation, you were allowed to embark. It can be noted that Air India has always encouraged and respected athletes and there are many prominent sports legends working with us. “
Manu is one of the best shooters selected for the ISSF World Cup, which will be held from March 18 to 29 at the shooting range of Dr. Karni Singh in New Delhi.
The 2018 youth Olympic champion competes in the 10-meter air pistol and the 25-meter sports pistol in the second round of the national selection tests, held in New Delhi from 8 to 14 February.