Aviation ministry 'looking into' in-flight protest; IndiGo forms 3-member committee

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From the visuals of protest against CM on IndiGo flight

New Delhi: Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that his ministry is looking into the in-flight protest against Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on an IndiGo flight in the state.

"We’re looking into this & will take action soon," he tweeted as a reply to the tweet of MP from Ernakulam, Hibi Eden, who sought action against LDF convener EP Jayarajan who pushed the protestors away inside the flight when they approached the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan rising slogans demanding his resignation.

"This video clearly shows LDF Convener EP Jayarajan manhandling and pushing 2 passengers who raised slogans. Why is it that @IndiGo6E, @DGCAIndia, @JM_Scindia are not registering an FIR against him? Is justice selective in the new India? #ArrestJayarajan," Hibi had tweeted.

On Monday, three Youth Congress workers boarded the flight from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram. When the flight landed, they raised slogans against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan who was on board. Two of the protestors were soon taken to police custody and later remanded by a local court. They are charged with attempt to murder and several other sections of IPC and aviation laws.

IndiGo, meanwhile, told the police that the protesters approached the CM inside the flight raising slogans. Opposition leader VD Satheesan attacked IndiGo manager and said his statement was against the accounts of CPM leaders who allegedly said that the protest happened after CM deboarded the flight.

Meanwhile, IndiGo has set up a three member committee, headed by a retired judge, composed of representatives of the company and passengers, to look into the matter.

Congress is demanding action against EP Jayarajan for 'attacking' passengers inside the flight. CPM condemned the incident and termed it as an attack on chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The police have not registered case against Jayarajan.

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