KOLKATA: Anirban Ray, a senior IPS officer, was on Sunday escorted out of the NSCBI Airport and slapped with penal charges after he misbehaved with police, airlines staffers and air-port officials.
Ray, police said, created a ruckus in the airport departure lounge. He was booked under IPC sections for voluntarily causing hurt (323), wrongful restraint (341), causing public mischief (505) and criminal intimidation (506).All these penal charges are bailable.
DCP (Airport), Aishwarya Sagar, said appropriate legal action has initiated based on complaints.
According to sources, Ray, a 1998-batch IPS officer, and now the additional director-general (provisioning) with the state police, had reached the airport to take a flight from Kolkata to Delhi. According to sources he had not only misbehaved with the officials, he also threatened and shoved them. Some sources claimed that Ray got agitated after being asked to pay more for additional luggage.
It is learnt that both the airline officials and the airport authorities immediately informed police. Ray was also ordered to be "offloaded" from the flight and asked to leave the airport. He was then escorted out in a wheelchair and handed over to state police. It is not learnt whether he was taken to his official residence, or to the police station.
When escorted out of the airport, Ray was wearing a mask and did not speak. The airport authorities and the airlines did not issue any formal statement in this regard.
"He was unnaturally volatile and aggressive. He also threatened and intimidated when informed of the airport regulations. The police are also aware of the developments. Police, airport officials and airline staffers, including women, who were trying to assist him, were humiliated, and in one instance, shoved. This is an unacceptable behaviour and a criminal offence," said an official.
Ray, who was made the ADG (Provisioning), in March this year, is no stranger to controversies. During the tenure of the Left Front government, he got embroiled in a major controversy involving Raj Bhavan. He was a medical doctor before he became an IPS.