“I Drank Because…”: What Mumbai Man, Who Peed On Woman, Told Co-Flyer
After too many drinks, Shankar Mishra, who was arrested for peeing on a woman on an Air India flight from New York to Delhi last year, was “incoherent” and kept asking the same question, a fellow passenger told NDTV.
On the journey from November 26 to December 1, a doctor from the US named Sugata Bhattacharjee was sat next to Shankar Mishra in business class. He claimed to have alerted the staff of his intoxicated condition.
“When he was asking me the same question multiple times, I realised that he may be incoherent. I did flag it to the crew, and he just smiled,” Dr Bhattacharjee told NDTV.
Shankar Mishra – sacked by Wells Fargo after the incident – told Dr Bhattacharjee that he was drinking as he had a long day and had not slept well. “He told me he drank to get a good night’s sleep,” said Dr Bhattacharjee.
Shankar Mishra is accused of going to a 70-year-old woman shortly after this exchange, opening her bag, and peeing on her. Mishra left when the plane touched down in Delhi without any intervention from Air India. The woman emailed the head of the Air India group about the horrible experience the following day. Air India only reported the incident to the authorities on January 4, saying both parties had “resolved the problem” and that it was unnecessary to do so.
Six weeks after committing his heinous act, Bengaluru-based Mishra was apprehended on Friday.
Dr. Bhattacharjee claimed that despite his complaints to the airline, nothing changed.”My moral responsibility was to stand up for a fellow passenger, and that is why I wrote a two-page complaint. And it went nowhere,” he said.
N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons, has acknowledged that Air India should have responded more quickly. In a statement released on Sunday, Mr. Chandrasekaran admitted that “we fell short of handling this matter the way it should have been.”
Mishra has been detained by authorities for a fortnight.
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