New Delhi: An Air France flight en route New Delhi from Paris made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport in Bulgaria after an Indian passenger onboard started misbehaving and making threatening comments, reports said.
The Indian passenger had begun to act up as soon as the flight took off in Paris. He quarreled with other passengers, assaulted a flight attendant and even pummelled the cockpit’s door, an official of the National Investigation Agency told Reuters. The incident took place took place on Friday.
A video of the alleged incident shared by Congress leader Gaurav Pandhi shows the man dressed in white mouthing serious profanities at another passenger. He took slogans like “Jai Hind” “Hindu jaag gaya hai” (the Hindu has awakened), “Modi Modi” and “Udta Punjab”, while also making some lewd, threatening comments about Jesus Christ.
The passenger was later was taken off the aircraft and has been charged with endangering flight safety. He was detained for 72 hours at Sofia. If proven, he might face up to ten years in prison.
The Air France flight then resumed its journey to New Delhi.
Earlier, a group of four young Sikh men was attacked after leaving a restaurant at night on February 28 in Sydney, Australia by a group of men allegedly affiliated to RSS-VHP. On Sunday, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) State Senator David Shoebridge called for a ban on Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS referring to the attack.
“How did Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), right-wing Hindu organisation that is considered a military extremist religious organisation by the CIA, find themselves in New South Wales public schools?” Shoebridge asked in New South Wales’ state assembly.