A case has been registered against a senior police officer for allegedly creating a ruckus at the Kolkata airport when asked to pay for additional luggage he wanted to carry on a flight, officials said on Monday.
The officer, identified as Anirban Ray, a 1998-batch IPS officer currently serving as the Additional Director-General (Provisioning) with the West Bengal Police, has been booked under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 505 (causing public mischief), and 506 (criminal intimidation), said Deputy Commissioner (Airport) of Bidhannagar City Police Aishwarya Sagar.
“The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon. An FIR has already been lodged against him, and appropriate legal action has been initiated. An investigation has been launched,” Sagar said.
Ray was scheduled to take a flight from Kolkata to Delhi, officials said.
According to the complaint, Ray misbehaved with airport staff and created a ruckus after being asked to pay for excess luggage.
Following the incident, he was not allowed to board the flight and was escorted out of the airport, officials added.
The incident has sparked outrage among many, who have condemned Ray’s behavior.
“It is shocking that a senior police officer would behave in such a manner. It is a shame to the police force,” said one social media user.
“This incident highlights the need for better training and sensitization among police officers on how to deal with the public,” said another.
The incident comes at a time when the police force is already facing criticism for its handling of various issues. The latest incident is likely to further damage the public’s perception of the police.
The police department has said that it is taking the matter seriously and that Ray will face appropriate action.
It remains to be seen what action will be taken against Ray. However, the incident has already sent a strong message that misbehavior by police officers will not be tolerated.