Passenger arrested at India’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport for walking on baggage belt

Published on : Thursday, June 24, 2021

A passenger at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport was arrested after he allegedly hopped on to a conveyor belt and created a commotion on being denied boarding for not carrying a Covid negative certificate.

Suraj Pandey, 36, from the state of Uttar Pradesh was flying to Mumbai on a Vistara aircraft, but officials said that the businessman from Rudrapur was not carrying the Covid-19 negative report that some cities and airlines need passengers to carry during the pandemic to be allowed to board.

Deepak Chadha, the deputy manager of Vistara Airlines, claimed that around 3pm Mr Pandey allegedly turned violent and started shouting and creating a ruckus. The local reports claimed that he got onto the baggage belt and started walking on it. He is also accused of obstructing the airline staff and other passengers.

Rajeev Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport), told that they have checked the CCTV footage to verify the complainant’s version. From the contents of the complaint, CCTV footage and enquiry conducted so far, accused Suraj Pandey had committed an offence under relevant sections of the Delhi Police Act. Subsequently, he was arrested and his medical examination was also conducted.

Mr Pandey has been released on bail and will be produced before a Delhi court.

A statement from Vistara said that he behaved badly with our staff and other customers, and his acts threatened the safety of ground operations. They have provided a full refund of the booking to the customer and notified the authorities of the incident.

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