After an investigation revealed the veteran politician aggravated the situation when two Congress workers shouted down chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a flight from Kannur last month, IndiGo airline on Monday put Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front convener EP Jayarajan on its “no-fly” list for three weeks, according to people familiar with the situation.
According to aviation regulations governing disruptive passengers, the airline has issued a two-week flying ban to the two Youth Congress employees, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader Jayarajan referred to the airline’s decision as a “big insult” and said he would never fly IndiGo again.
It is an enormous insult. I’m not going to boycott the airline for three weeks. It is punishing me rather than applauding me for stopping an attack on the CM.
In the state capital, he declared, “I never anticipated this from the airline.
AA Raheem, the leader of the CPM, announced in Delhi that he will appeal the airline’s decision to the authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
According to the airline’s inquiry into the event on June 13, both the LDF leader and the two Congress employees who chanted anti-chief minister slogans while in the plane acted in a disruptive manner.
According to the report, the flight attendants attempted to calm down Farzeen Majeed and Naveen Kumar after they yelled slogans against the chief minister, but things worsened when one passenger shoved the two of them aside (Jayarajan).
Within hours after the mid-air protest, more than 30 Congress offices, including the party’s headquarters in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, were attacked around Kerala. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Payyanur, north Kerala, which had been erected to honour his visit to the area in 1936, was also allegedly vandalised by angry CPI(M) employees.
The two Youth Congress employees expressed their satisfaction that the airline’s investigation revealed the truth and announced that they will petition the court to take action against Jayarajan for assaulting them.
Farzeen stated, “We merely shouted slogans, but subsequently, we were violently attacked by the CM’s security guards and Jayarajan.” Soon after they arrived in Thiruvananthapuram, the police detained the two. After ten days in jail, they were granted bond and freed.
The Congress supported party members, stating that “it was a symbolic means of protest against an oppressive dictatorship.” The ruling CPI(M) called it a “terror act.”
Kerala Youth Congress vice-president KS Sabarinathan has received notices to appear before the investigation team from the state police, who are looking into the Congress workers charged with trying to kill the chief minister. This comes after screen shots of a chat about the in-flight protest appeared on social media.
After gold smuggling suspect Swapna Suresh claimed that the chief minister and his family were aware of the suspected scheme, the Congress campaign against Pinarayi Vijayan included an in-flight protest against him.
On July 5, 2020, customs officers discovered the infamous gold smuggling case when they seized 30 kg of gold from a shipment headed for the UAE embassy. Bail has been set for each of the 30 suspects in this case. Among those charged is Sivashankar, the former secretary to the chief minister who just returned to work following a 17-month suspension.
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