Shiv Sena MP beats up elderly official of Air India with slippers, later brags about his crime


Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad punched and hit a 60-year-old Air India Duty Manager with his slippers nearly 20 times and tore his shirt at IGI airport in Delhi today just because he could not travel business class in an all-economy flight.

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The airline will be filing an FIR against the MP. It has also constituted a committee to look into the incident and will be submitting its report shortly to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, according to Air India.

“The MP turned violent, broke the duty manager’s spectacles, tore his shirt, hit him with slippers 16-17 times,” PTI quoted Air India sources.

According to the airline, Gaikwad was booked on an open ticket in business class with Air India which allows a passenger to take a flight on any date.

But Gaikwad insisted on taking the 7:35 am AI 852 this morning from Pune to Delhi, which is an all-economy flight, sparking an argument between Air India staff and the politician.

The MP boarded the flight but refused to alight from the aircraft when it landed at IGI airport here.

This is when the 60-year-old duty manager, Shivkumar, approached the MP to try and placate him but was brutally manhandled, said Air India sources.

Gaikwad admitted hitting the Air India employee with his slippers.

“He asked who is this MP and said he would complain to Modi. So I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal.

“I am Shiv Sena member, not of BJP, to entertain abuses (hurled at me),” he said adding he “will not apologise”.

Gaikwad said he would also complain to the Lok Sabha Speaker about the incident.

The MP from Osmanabad Lok Sabha constituency in the Marathwada region is not new to stoking controversy. In 2014, he had caused a huge controversy for trying to force-feed a Muslim caterer during the Holy month of Ramzan because the VIP MP was miffed with the quality of chapatis served at New Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan.

The news evoked angry reactions from social media users;


  1. Hope Sena suprimo is aware of this. He should sack him and put the example in front of others….But my feeling is different it may not happen….

  2. It is very shamefull act on the part of shiv sens must initicate disciplinery and legal action on him ,he cannot take law in his hand at any cost. He must respect all official being a MP .
    All the politicians must behave in a proper manner as we have elected them for taking care of voters
    Gov mechinery must have special rules and regulations for all the politicians to behave in discipline manner in public place and on all public offices.
    If gov do not take any action on MP indecipline will continue in India and dadagiri will increase by the politicians and poor and innocent people will suffer all the time.
    This incident must be taken very
    seriously by the central gov.

  3. This is what majority of the people of this country wants!! There is no voice for minority opinion in Indian democracy.
    Hope people realise the danger of electing goon parties and correct it in the next opportunity.


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