ICPA pilots not to operate AI flights from and to Kolkata

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Kolkata, Sep 23 (UNI) Pilots belonging to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) will not be operating any Air India flights from and to Kolkata to protest the alleged ''manhandling'' of a senior Air India pilot by a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer at the city airport this afternoon that created resentment among the aviation officials here.

A spokesman of the ICPA told UNI this evening, '' We want an amicable solution so that such incidents don't recur.'' The incident occurred during the routine security frisking that led to heated arguments between Captain M K Singh of Air India and Sub-Inspector S K Singh of CISF. Later, the pilot was allegedly beaten by the securityman. Air India officials said abusive language was used by the CISF personnel against the pilot.

Captain Singh was proceeding to command the Air India flight to Bagdogra from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport, when the incident happened. Singh who reportedly suffered injuries on his face and hand was unable to command the flight.

The incident delayed the flight for about two-and-a-half hours from its scheduled 1305 hrs timing, official sources said.

According to Airport Director V K Monga, the close-circuit television was replayed to know the details of the incident. Both the sides have filed FIRs at the airport police station.

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