By: Shubham Ghosh
A police team from Delhi on Thursday (5) carried out raids at a number of places to trace Shankar Mishra, the man who allegedly urinated on an elderly woman on board an Air India flight from New York to Delhi in November, sources said.
Mishra is learnt to be a businessman.
According to an NDTV report, the accused is suspected to have fled Mumbai, the city where he resides.
“His possible location is in some other state and the police team has reached there. We will arrest the accused at the earliest,” a police source told the channel, not revealing further details.
While the carrier has banned the man for 30 days after the incident came to light and created an outrage, India’s civil aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) could take more firm action against Mishra.
It has been reported that the Delhi Police registered a case under sections related to sexual harassment and obscenity.
The DGCA has also sought a report from Air India and said it will “take action against those found negligent”.
The incident of November 26 became public after the woman complained to the top leadership of Tata Sons which owns Air India.
The accused, who was inebriated, relieved himself on her and even exposed his private parts till he was told to return to his seat by another passenger.
The woman also alleged that the airline crew members did not take the matter seriously as she had to continue travelling on the same seat soaked in urine while the accused faced no action.
Air India later set up an internal probe committee as well.
India’s National Commission for Women has stepped into the matter and written to Air India chairman N Chandrasekaran, to intervene. It has also sought a detailed report from Delhi Police within a week.
The commission said the man’s behaviour violated the woman’s right to live a life of dignity and safety.