India shooter Manu Bhaker on Saturday put out a statement thanking those who helped her in her ordeal, and defended her actions saying that the Air India officials at the Delhi airport were not updated on new DGCA rules.
- On Friday, Manu Bhaker was initially stopped from boarding her flight to Bhopal from Delhi
- Manu Bhaker later said that officials stopped her from traveling and treated her “like a criminal”
- Bhaker said she faced humiliation despite carrying all valid documentation
India shooter Manu Bhaker on Saturday took to Twitter to put out her side of the unfortunate incident that took place at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Friday when she was initially not allowed to board a flight to Bhopal.
She had also accused the officials of stopping her and treating her “like a criminal” because she was carrying guns and ammunition for training at the MP Shooting Academy.
On Saturday, she put out a statement thanking those who helped her in her ordeal and defended her actions saying that the Air India officials at the Delhi airport were not updated on new DGCA rules.
“Thank you everyone and all who help me. Especially Who made my boarding possible. Few also think Maybe one-sided and I got the undue advantage. Sports ministry bears all my expense spent by me in any form Very clear if I had to pay for any wrong or right reason its Govt money (sic),” said Manu Bhaker.
National carrier Air India also responded to Bhaker’s claims and rebutted them saying that the official only asked for valid documentation.
“Dear Ms. Bhaker. Our Delhi Airport team has confirmed that the official at our counter had only sought for valid documents as per rules for the carriage of your weapon on board. In absence of the same, legitimate specified charges for the arms were conveyed to you. No one sought a ‘bribe’ as has been alleged. You were issued a boarding pass on your assurance of furnishing valid documents before boarding,” Air India tweeted in response to Bhaker.
Air India added, “Immediately after the official valid documents were shown by you at the boarding point, u were allowed to board.