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FIRs against fliers after argument

Ranchi, April 20: Three Indian Airline passengers were barred from flying and an FIR was lodged against them after they got embroiled in a heated argument over identity proof with CISF personnel at Birsa Munda Airport today.

The three are BJP leader and businessman Pawan Bajaj, his wife Sangeeta and chartered accountant daughter Garima. The three were supposed to take the Ranchi-New Delhi flight around 1.30pm.

Officer-in-charge of Doranda police station Harischand Singh confirmed the incident, saying that the FIR was lodged under Section 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (hurt) and 353 (obstructing public servant from discharging) of the IPC.

When contacted, Pawan said: “The CISF personnel demanded separate identity proofs from us though we had booked e-tickets for all of us with a single PNR number. As my daughter was not carrying any photo identity card, the CISF personnel held her hand and forcibly stopped her from entering the terminal building. When Indian Airlines staff and deputy chief minister Raghubar Das intervened, we were allowed to enter the terminal building and collect boarding pass. But the CISF personnel restrained us from boarding the plane and lodged an FIR against us with false allegations,” he said.

Pawan said he had lodged an FIR against two CISF constables — P.V. Samrat and R.K. Pal — for misbehaving with her daughter and preventing him from travelling.

However, CISF officials claimed that the situation came after Garima slapped one of the jawans on duty.

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