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The recent news which came into the limelight of thrashing a passenger for pointing out the mistake of an immigration officer in stamping his passport, the immigration officer has alleged that the passenger was drunk and hit him first.

After this fight between a passenger and an immigration official at Mumbai airport, the police are yet to start its investigation into the matter. The passenger has told the police that he was lashed for pointing out a mistake made by the official. When the Cross-complaint was done, the official has put the blame directly on the passenger for losing his temper and attacking him first with a rubber stamp.

[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] Medical case paper says that  The immigration officer Deepak Chavan has suffered blunt trauma, bite mark and chest pain and his arm has been in bandages since the fight. Now, in such a puzzling situation the police are waiting for CCTV footage of the incident to decide who is telling the truth and what exactly had happened at the stamp counter.

As reported by Mid-Day, Kishor shimpi’s ordeal on March 1, as he was in urgency to reach to Mumbai to see his son who was serious in the hospital in the road accident because of not wearing a helmet. Shimpi was stuck at the airport for a long time after Immigrations Constable Deepak Chavan at counter number 21 wrongly stamped his passport with February 28 instead of March 1 as the date of entry. When Shimpi came back to the counter to get it corrected, an argument started between him and Chavan which ended into a fight.

After that, Shimpi had filed a non-cognisable complaint against Chavan, who in turn lodged an FIR at Sahar police station.  “Instead of  returning to the same counter Shimpi went to the neighbouring counter to get the stamp corrected and He began to criticize the official sitting at the next counter for the mistake, which is why he interfered,” Said Chavan in his statements to the police.

The Immigration officer Deepak Chavan who got hurt in the fight blames passenger for hitting him
The Immigration officer Deepak Chavan who got hurt in the fight blames passenger for hitting him

The Police officer involved in the investigation said that “According to Chavan, Shashank Sathe was present at counter 22, and he was the one suffering the passenger’s rebukes; that is why Chavan went there to tell the passenger that he was the one who had stamped his passport.”

Mr. Chavan clearly stated that it was the passenger who attacked him both verbally and physically, after which he only reacted in self-defence. Blaming the passenger in his statement he said “The passenger first threw the rubber stamp at me and started abusing me. When my colleagues asked him to approach the higher officials if he had a problem, he started hitting, kicking and abusing me. My colleagues came to help me and caught him. I could sense that he was drunk when he hit me.”

Chavan also said that he was given first aid at the airport’s medical room and then sent to Seven Hills Hospital.  After that, the police also sent him to Cooper Hospital for further medical formalities. As per Mid-day reports Chavan also suffering from trauma, bite mark and chest pain, among other complaints according to the case papers from Cooper.

Though, the top officials at the airport claimed that the immigration official wasn’t being completely honest in blaming the passenger.

While speaking about the investigation done the police officials said that “Only CCTV footage will clear the exact scene that took place between the two. A letter was written to the CISF for the footage initially, but after we learnt that the area was completely managed by immigration officials, we sent another letter to them the same night. We are waiting for the Immigration department to hand over the CCTV footage to us so that we can begin investigations.”

On one hand Shimpi has stated whatever bad thing he had to go through while he was in the stress of his son’s accident and, on the other hand, Chavan has also given his statements regarding the issue which according to him was not his fault at all. The matter cannot come to any final conclusion unless and until the CCTV footage comes. Police will be further investigating the matter once they get CCTV footage in hands.[/su_expand]

Source: MID DAY

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