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Shiv Sena comes out in support of MP who beat Air India staffer

Surprisingly, Gaikwad received support from other political quarters too. 'If someone has committed a crime he can be punished but denying (him) a ticket is seriously wrong,' said minister of state for law and justice PP Chaudhary. Photograph: (ANI)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 24, 2017, 02.58 PM (IST)

The Shiv Sena has come out in support of its MP who beat -- with his slipper -- a 60-year-old Air India staffer.

The Shiv Sena's S Raut said: "A mistake was made, violence was used, we will see who was responsible for that. An FIR has been lodged no? Now we will see who else an FIR should be lodged against." 

Raut went on to add: "Anybody -- an ordinary person or a minister -- can get angry if wrong has been done to him." 

ANI reported that Raut was speaking on behalf of the party, not as an individual. 

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Gaikwad has said on Thursday: "I hit him 25 times. Yes, I hit him with my slipper."

He has refused to apologise, saying instead that it is Air India which should apologise.

Air India and four other airlines have meanwhile banned Gaikwad from flying with them.

Gaikwad becomes the first person to be put on an Indian no-fly list. This in fact is India's first no-fly list.  

Because of his banning, he was forced to take a train back to Mumbai today. 

Delhi Police meanwhile have said that  an FIR has been lodged against Gaikwad. 

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Surprisingly, and perhaps shamefully, Gaikwad has received support from other political quarters too. 

Union minister of state for law and justice PP Chaudhary was quoted by ANI as saying that, "There is no law that bars anyone from travelling anywhere... 

The BJP MP added, "If someone has committed a crime he can be punished but denying (him) a ticket is seriously wrong." 

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News reports meanwhile added that the AI staffer Sukumar Raman was insistent that charges should be filed against Gaikwad, 

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(WION)

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