Four Kashmiri youths offloaded from Indigo flight due to ‘erratic behaviour’

Patna: Four Kashmiri youths were offloaded by Indigo airlines for reportedly behaving ‘erratic’. The incident happened on a Delhi bound flight on Thursday, reported the Hindustan Times.

Those offloaded from the Patna-Delhi IndiGo flight (6E-6325) were identified as Mukhtar Ahmed Gani, his elder brother Javed Ahmed Gani and friends Md Munib Wali and Haroon Rashid. They were released later in the evening after preliminary screening.

All four of them offloaded after some passengers reported them for erratic behavior. One of the passengers on conditions of anonymity told HT that all of them were speaking in the security area and were trying to persuade Mukhtar to board the flight.

“I later heard the youth say that he will go and sit in the cockpit of the aircraft. His behaviour was erratic. It was then that I alerted the airline staff, who immediately offloaded all the four youths,” he said.

However Mukhtar, a 16 year old turned out to be a member of the National Integration Camp, of the 11 Bihar Battalion.  He had come to attend the camp in Patna.

Before releasing them, the airport security did a background check on all them and screened their baggage for explosives.

Security agencies, however, ruled out any terror angle. They said the youth was depressed and in unsound mental condition. He was blabbering consistently, prompting the airlines to declare him “unfit to fly”.

Sources said the commanding officer of the camp had reportedly found the youth behaving in an erratic manner on November 14. He immediately contacted Mukhtar’s family in Jammu and asked them to take him back. His brother Javed, along with his two friends Md Munib and Haroon Rashid, studying in Panjab University, had come to take back Mukhtar when IndiGo offloaded them.


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