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Bangladeshi arrested for sexually harassing Indian flight attendant on plane

  • Flight attendant reports hugging, flashing
  • Bangladesh consulate informed
Update : 08 Sep 2023, 11:46 PM

Police arrested a Bangladesh citizen for allegedly flashing at flight attendants and appearing to masturbate during a flight from Muscat to Mumbai on Thursday, reports V Narayan.

The accused, Mohammad Dulal, 30, committed the offence 30 minutes before the Vistara flight was scheduled to make a landing at Mumbai around 4.25am.

Dulal, who was supposed to board a connecting flight to Dhaka, was handed over to Sahar police.

Dulal's is the 12th case of unruly passenger behaviour reported in Mumbai in 2023.

As of Thursday, a total of 23 cases have been registered between 2017 and 2023.  

Dulal was produced before the Andheri Court on Thursday. Lawyer Prabhakar Tripathi, who appeared for him, argued that Dulal suffered from a mental disorder and did not follow English and Hindi.

The passenger has been remanded to police custody till Friday.

"Dulal was arrested based on the complaint from the 22-year-old flight attendant for hugging her and trying to kiss her onboard. He even flashed at a flight supervisor and at other onboard passengers when they intervened. He did not listen to the captain who read out the red warning card and declared him an unruly passenger for not obeying warnings," said a Sahar police station officer.

Police have informed the Bangladesh consulate who will make arrangements for his bail and other case-related procedures on Friday.

Upon the flight attendant's complaint, an first information report (FIR) was registered under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused, leading to his arrest, reports NDTV.

Meanwhile, in a statement, a Vistara spokesperson said that an incident involving an unruly passenger occurred on Vistara flight UK 234 from Muscat to Mumbai on Wednesday, reports.  

Initially, the captain issued a warning letter and subsequently made the decision to restrain the passenger, he said.

Following our stringent standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines, we alerted on-ground security agencies to take immediate action upon arrival," stated the airline official.

The customer has been taken into custody for further investigation by the security agency at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai. The incident has been reported to the local authorities as per the SOPs, the statement added.

"Vistara firmly upholds its zero-tolerance policy against unruly behaviour that jeopardizes the safety, security, and respect of its passengers and crew," the spokesperson added.

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