Shooter Manu Bhaker stopped at IGI Airport; tweets problem, allowed to fly


Olympic quota place winner pistol ace Manu Bhaker on Friday night alleged that she was harassed by Air India officers at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) whereas she was making an attempt to board a flight from Delhi to Bhopal. The 19-year-old Haryana shooter, who was carrying two weapons and ammunition on her method to Bhopal Shooting Academy, was later allowed to board the flight.
After being stopped at the Indira Gandhi Airport, 19-year-old Manu tweeted her `drawback`, tagging sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju and civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, apart from others. Apparently after Rijiju`s intervention, she finally boarded the AI 437 flight.
Manu tweeted fives instances on Friday, beginning at 8.17 pm, and the final one was posted at 8.57 pm, after she was cleared to board the flight. She thanked the sports activities minister in her final tweet: “Thank you @KirenRijiju sir. Got boarded after strong support from all of you. Thank you India. [Flag of India] [Folded hands] jai hind.” Rijiju responed by tweeting: “You are India`s pride.”
Soon after that, Air India replied to Manu tweet by tweet.
“IGI Delhi. Going to Bhopal (MP Shooting Academy For my training I need to carry weapons and ammunition, Request @airindiain Officials to give little respect or at least don`t Insult players every time &please don`t ask money. I Have @DGCAIndia permit,” was Manu`s first of the tweets, and she or he tagged @HardeepSPuri and @VasundharaBJP.

IGI Delhi .Going to Bhopal (MP Shooting AcadmyFor my coaching i would like to carry weapons and ammunition, Request @airindiain Officials to give little respect or at least don’t Insult gamers each time &please don’t ask cash. I Have @DGCAIndia allow @HardeepSPuri @VasundharaBJP
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) February 19, 2021

Air India responded: “Ma`am we are really sorry that you have faced inconvenience while travelling with us. We request you to kindly share details of the issue along with your contact details over DM for us to assist you.”
In her second tweet, Manu sensationally hinted that officers requested her for “bribes”.
“Not allowing me to board flight AI 437 at IGI Delhi and asking now 10200rs Despite all valid Documentation and DGCA permit (sic). Top of that Manoj Gupta Air India in charge doesn`t recognise DGCA,” she wrote, and tagged @narendramodi @HardeepSPuri @AmitShah @VasundharaBJP “shall I pay this Bribes or!!!!”

Not permitting me to board flight AI 437 at IGI Delhi and asking now 10200rs Despite all legitimate Documentation and DGCA allow . Top of that Manoj Gupta Air india incharge doesn’t recognise DGCA @narendramodi @HardeepSPuri @AmitShah @VasundharaBJP shall I pay this Bribes or!!!!
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) February 19, 2021

Air India replied: “Ma`am we have noted details, please allow us a few mins to inform our Delhi Airport team.”
Manu`s subsequent tweet learn: “Think this type of behaviour is not acceptable (sic). Manoj Gupta is not even human. He is treating me like I am a criminal. Also, his security in charge Such people need basic training of behaviour hopefully Aviation ministry will find out &will send him to the right place.”

Think this kind behaviour will not be acceptable .Manoj Gupta will not be even human. He is treating me like I’m a prison. Also his safety incharge Such folks want primary coaching of behaviour hopefully Aviation ministry will discover out &will ship him to proper place @HardeepSPuri
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) February 19, 2021

Air India`s response, apparently after checking with its officers at the IGI, was: “Dear Ms Bhaker Our Delhi Airport team has confirmed that the official at our counter had only sought for valid documents as per rules for the carriage of your weapon on board. (1/3).”
It`s subsequent tweeted learn: “(2/3)In absence of the same, legitimate specified charges for the arms were conveyed to you. No one sought a `bribe` as has been alleged. You were issued a boarding pass on your assurance of furnishing valid documents before boarding.”
Air India additional tweeted: “(3/3) Immediately after the official valid documents were shown by you at the boarding point, u were allowed to board. It may please be noted that Air India has always encouraged and respected Sportspersons and have many eminent sports legends working with us.”
Manu is without doubt one of the prime shooters chosen for the ISSF World Cup, to be held from March 18 to 29 at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in New Delhi.
The 2018 Youth Olympic champion competed within the 10m air pistol and the 25m sports activities pistol within the second spherical of nationwide choice trials held in New Delhi from February 8 to 14.
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