On Saturday the shooter Manu Bhaker took to Twitter to put out her side of the unfortunate incident that took place at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Friday, when she was initially not allowed to board a flight to Bhopal.
She had also accused the officials of stopping her and treating her "like a criminal" because she was carrying guns and ammunitions for training at the MP Shooting Academy.
On Saturday, Manu Bhaker wrote a statement thanking those who helped her in her ordeal, and defended her actions saying that the Air India officials at the Delhi airport were not updated on new DGCA rules.
She said, “Thank you every one and all who help me.Especially Who made my boarding possible. Few also think May be one sided and I got undue advantage. Sport ministry bears all my expense spent by me in any form Very clear if I had to pay for any wrong or right reason it’s Govt money (sic).”
National carrier Air India also responded to Bhaker's claims and rebutted them saying that the official only asked for valid documentation.
Air India also tweeted in response to Bhaker. “Dear Ms Bhaker. Our Delhi Airport team has confirmed that the official at our counter had only sought for valid documents as per rules for carriage of your weapon on board. In absence of the same, legitimate specified charges for the arms were conveyed to you. No one sought a ‘bribe’ as has been alleged. You were issued boarding pass on your assurance of furnishing valid documents before boarding.”
Air India added, “Immediately after the official valid documents were shown by you at the boarding point, u were allowed to board.
It may please be noted that Air India has always encouraged and respected Sportspersons and have many an eminent sports legends working with us.
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