CISF personnel ‘beat up’ Air India pilot at Kolkata airport

September 23rd, 2008 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 23 (IANS) An Air India pilot was allegedly beaten up by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at Kolkata airport Tuesday which delayed a flight to Bagdogra by two hours.The tiff erpurted after CISF personnel raised objections to the size of the pilot’s baggage.

“The problem occurred at the security checking point over the dimension or weight of the pilot’s baggage with the CISF. There was difference of opinion between the CISF personnel and the pilot. The pilot was heckled by them,” said an Air India official.

“CISF personnel used derogatory words and called the pilot a ‘driver’. The pilot was extremely shocked at this behaviour and considering his agitated state of mind he did not fly. Instead another pilot took the charge of that aeroplane,” the official said.

There were three to four CISF officials allegedly involved in the scuffle.

The Bagdogra flight IC 721, which the pilot was rostered to fly, was scheduled to take off from Dum Dum Airport at 1.30 p.m. The flight got delayed by two hours.

No other flight disruption occurred due to this incident, the official confirmed.

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