Ms Nirala Singh was trying to reach her hometown Patna in time for her brother’s funeral. Her flight from Imphal was allegedly delayed by two hours since it clashed with the arrival of President Ram Nath Kovind.
NDTV Debanish Achom | Updated: Nov, 23, 2017
IMPHAL: A union minister was shouted at by a furious woman passenger at the Imphal airport whose flight had been delayed by two hours because of VVIP movement. The passenger, Dr Nirala Singh, was filmed yesterday venting her frustration at union minister KJ Alphons.
In a statement, Indigo airlines said that her flight “was delayed for more than two hours for airspace closure due to the VVIP movement at Imphal.”
Mr Alphons, who was waiting to fly back to Delhi after an official trip to the city, said today, “I understand her distress, you can’t blame her.”
Hours later, Mr Alphons, in a tweet, denied reports of the flight delay.
Dr Singh was booked to fly to Kolkata and then Patna for her brother’s funeral. Her flight was allegedly delayed by two hours because it clashed with the arrival of President Ram Nath Kovind.
Dr Singh spotted the minister with his retinue and lashed out at him, clubbing him with VIPs whose special treatment leaves ordinary citizens stranded.
“3 scheduled flights were delayed by around 2 hours due to the President of India’s flight movement. We heard that one passenger who was travelling from Imphal to Patna argued with Union Minister KJ Alphons,” said an airport official.