• Monday, March 20, 2023


Man, accused of peeing on elderly woman on Air India flight, arrested from Bengaluru


By: Shubham Ghosh

Shankar Mishra, the man accused of urinating on an elderly woman while drunk on board an Air India flight between New York and Delhi in November last year, was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru in the southern Indian state of Karnataka late on Friday (6) night.

He was taken to the national capital, according to sources.

Mishra, a resident of Mumbai, was reportedly on the run ever since the issue exploded and a lookout notice and airport alert were issued to track him down.

According to reports, the Delhi Police had deployed a team in Bengaluru to catch Mishra after receiving some solid leads on his whereabouts.

Mishra, who switched off his mobile phone, was active on social media to communicate with friends and that gave the cops a chance to zero in on him, top sources in the police said.

The 34-year-old had also used his credit card at least once during this period, the sources added.

Mishra’s employer, American financial services company Wells Fargo, Mishra’s employer, also terminated him saying the allegations were “deeply disturbing”.

He worked as vice-president of the California-based company’s India chapter.

Mishra allegedly unzipped his trousers and urinated on the woman in the flight’s business class. He was also accused of exposing his private parts till another passenger asked him to get back to his seat. He later begged the victim not to report him to the police, saying it would affect his family.

The woman alleged that the air crew did not handle the case seriously and the accused walked away easily after the flight landed.

She even wrote to Air India group chairman N Chandrasekaran about the matter and it snowballed.

Air India filed a police complaint only this week and said as there was “no further flare-up or confrontation”, and “respecting the perceived wishes of the female passenger, the crew decided against summoning the law enforcement upon landing.

It banned Mishra from flying for 30 days, leading to an outrage by social media users who said the step was not enough.

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