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Air India to tighten security after Shiv Sena threat over Ravindra Gaikwad ban

LiveMint logoLiveMint 06-04-2017 Tarun Shukla

New Delhi: Air India Ltd has decided to beef up security for its flights starting from Mumbai and Pune after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt them.

“We have decided to increase security,” an Air India spokesman said.

This came after Shiv Sena MPs on Thursday heckled civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju over the flying ban on party MP Ravindra Gaikwad and threatened that unless it is lifted they “won’t allow the airlines to fly from Mumbai”.

The soft-spoken Raju was shocked at being cornered by Sena MPs. Junior aviation minister Jayant Sinha, textile minister Smriti Irani and home minister Rajnath Singh had to intervene.

Gaikwad has been banned by all airlines including IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara and Jet Airways after he beat up a 60-year-old Air India employee.

In his statement in Parliament, Raju reiterated that the ban was not aimed at a Member of Parliament, but simply a passenger and was based on safety, which was most important for flights.

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