Mumbai: Arvind Sawant, a Sena leader and MP from south Mumbai, defended Ravindra Gaikwad and described the assault as a "reaction to rude and insulting behaviour of Air India officials".Gaikwad on Thursday repeatedly assaulted an Air India official with a sandal here after he was forced to travel economy class though he had a business class ticket.
"Gaikwad is a professor by profession and he is known for his peaceful demeanour. Although Gaikwad was quite polite during the argument, the Air India officers were rude," he said.
"They insulted him and used abusive language. One cannot expect us to keep quiet in such a situation. We at Shiv Sena do not tolerate injustice. We do not see anything wrong in Gaikwad's reaction," Sawant told IANS.
The incident happened when flight AI852 from Pune landed at Delhi airport around 10.30 a.m.