Navy ex-officer creates ruckus on IndiGo flight

A former Indian Navy officer created ruckus on a New Delhi-Nagpur-Pune flight on Tuesday.

The ex-officer, who was allegedly drunk, was handed over to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as the flight landed in Nagpur.

Airport manager A K Verma said he came to know of the incident from media reports, but sources said, "Manoj Virkhare (33), flying to Nagpur from New Delhi aboard IndiGo flight 6E 137 on Tuesday evening, was drunk. He had an altercation with a co-passenger about 25 minutes after the flight took off. Abuses were hurled and a window cover cracked as a result of the brawl, creating panic among other passengers. Crew reported the matter to the pilot, who made a distress call to the ground staff at Nagpur. Virkhare was taken into custody by CISF around 9.40 pm after the flight landed and was handed over to Sonegaon Police. IndiGo lodged a complaint against the man for unruly behavior endangering safety of fellow passengers and for damaging airline property."

The flight resumed onward journey at the scheduled time of 10.20 pm.

Police Inspector T K Vahile said, "Medical test revealed he had consumed liquor but he wasn't drunk. He was booked under Civil Aviation Act for endangering lives of fellow passengers."

Virkhare, who runs a vehicle spare parts business in Nagpur, was produced before a local court on Wednesday and remanded in magisterial custody for seven days. Vahile said the navy ex-officer was sorry for what he did. "Virkhare said he experienced a jerk and was trying to open the window to see what had happened."

Vahile said, "We are getting contacts of fellow passengers and would record their statements. The pilot and co-pilot, too, will be questioned."

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