scuffle aboard mumbai delhi indigo flight unruly passenger arrested
New Delhi, Nov 8: A mentally unstable passenger Mursalin Sheikh was taken into custody at Delhi airport by the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) yesterday, after he scuffled with the cabin crew after heated exchanges.
The Indigo aircraft had taken off from Mumbai at 3:15 pm, when Mursalin Sheikh, a 40-year-old passenger wearing a pathani suit, got agitated and threatened the cabin crew.
One of the passengers said, Sheikh was staring at a female passenger, after which she reported the matter to the cabin crew.
The air hostess requested Sheikh to return to his seat but he didn't listen. Instead, he went up to the air hostess who was serving food from a trolley and reportedly slapped her.
Sheikh, passengers said, tried to push her and went towards the cockpit in a fit of rage, but the trolley blocked his way. He was soon overpowered by other passengers.
All the while, Sheikh was shouting "Do all of you want to go down with me?" The man was handed over to CISF as soon as the aircraft reached Delhi.
Sheikh's relatives say that he was mentally unstable and often he ran into fits of rage. They said, they even didn't know that he had bought a ticket and boarded the flight.
"He created a scare. The suspect was forcibly pinned down. He appears to be mentally unsound," said S Deshwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, IGI airport.
A press release by IndiGo said, "This unruly passenger started screaming and also physically assaulted a crew member. The passenger also got violent with co-passengers, and tried to access the forward of the aircraft. IndiGo crew made appropriate announcements and deployed security measures to block access to the front of the aircraft and the front galley."
One of the passengers filmed the entire scuffle aboard the flight and sent it to news channels.
A case of assault, outraging the modesty of woman and criminal intimidation has been registered against Sheikh.
Sheikh, who deals in second hand cars in Mumbai, was produced in a Dwarka court in Delhi today.