Mumbai man Shankar Mishra, who urinated on an elderly woman while drunk on an Air India flight in November, was arrested in Bengaluru late Friday night in Delhi, sources said. The police arrested and were taken back to the capital. He is at large and a watch notice or airport alert was issued to track him down.
Delhi Police have deployed a team in Bengaluru, Karnataka, to nab Shankar Mishra after getting some “concrete” leads on his whereabouts.
While he switched off his phone, he was still using his social media accounts to communicate with friends, giving police an opportunity to zero in on him, senior police sources said.
Mishra, 34, also used his credit/debit card in at least one place, sources said.
On the New York-Delhi Air India flight on November 26, Shankar Mishra allegedly unzipped his trousers and urinated on an elderly woman in business class. He later begged the woman not to call the police, saying it would affect his wife and children.
Air India only lodged a complaint with the police this week and said that because “there was no further confrontation or confrontation” and “respecting the wishes of the female passenger, the crew opted not to call law enforcement officers upon landing. It banned Mishra from flying Flight 30 days, sparking outrage among social media users who said it wasn’t enough.
The complainant told the crew she didn’t want to see Mishra’s face and that when the offender was brought before her she was “stunned” and “started crying and apologizing”, according to her complaint, FIR (First Information Report) The woman also accused the crew of being “very unprofessional” and said they hadn’t been proactive in dealing with a “very sensitive and traumatic situation”.
Shankar Mishra’s lawyer claimed that he had exchanged messages with the woman who lodged the complaint and even paid her Rs 15,000 as compensation and cleared her belongings. The woman’s daughter reportedly returned the money a month later, saying they could not accept it.
Mishra’s employer, U.S. financial services firm Wells Fargo, also fired him, calling the allegations “deeply troubling.” He previously served as Vice President of the California-based multinational corporation’s India division.
“Wells Fargo holds its employees to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct, and we find these allegations deeply disturbing. This individual has been terminated by Wells Fargo,” the company said in a statement last night.
After widespread shock and disgust, Air India officials and cabin crew were asked to explain their handling of the incident.
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is now warning of severe measures if airline staff fail to take action against unruly or misbehaving passengers.