A group of four activists stood with banners condemning Indigo’s ban on Kumal Kamra during a Varanasi Delhi Indigo flight.
Last week, Indigo airlines had banned stand up comedian Kunal Kamra on future flights for allegedly heckling Television anchor Arnab Goswami.
While the evening flight was still on the Varanasi tarmac, Pillai, Medha Kapoor, Debayan Gupta, and another person stood up with the placards. Their friend Munna Jha took the pictures. The placards had, “We condemn IndiGo’s ban on Kunal Kamra #YouDivideWeMultiply,” written on it.
— Medha Kapoor (@MedhaKapoor4) February 6, 2020
After they stood for a while, IndiGo’s security ground staff went in and asked them to take their seats, which they did. IndiGo sources described the protest as “peaceful”.
One of the women, Medha Kapoor shared the photos on Twitter and mentioned that, “No, nobody said a word to us. When security personnel asked us to sit down, we complied. It was very peaceful.” On being asked why they just didn’t boycott the airlines, Kapoor added that: “Our tickets were booked way before the incident happened so we decided to travel one last time and make that count”.
After the controversial run-in between Kunal Kamra and Arnab Goswami, and Indigo banning Kunal Kamra, last Tuesday, aviation minister Hardeep Puri advised other airlines to impose a similar ban on the comedian.
“Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers the safety of air travellers. We are left with no option but to advise other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the person concerned,” the minister tweeted last night.
GoAir, SpiceJet, Air India followed suit soon after. An AirAsia India official told PTI that the airline is waiting for the aviation regulator DGCA to issue a formal notice, and after then it will take action against Kamra.
Taking a dig at the airlines, the comedian tweeted this evening that Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi — all absconding and wanted in mega frauds — were able to take a flight when they shouldn’t have.