There was high drama at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday evening when a Sikh passenger who had arrived with his wife to board a flight to Mumbai, was denied entry as he was carrying a ‘kirpan’. The couple initially refused to leave the kirpan behind, leading to an argument, during which the woman misbehaved with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official and was handed over to the police. Seeing his wife being detained, the man also got himself off loaded, police said.According to senior police officers, the incident was reported around 4pm when the passenger arrived at the Security Hold Area to complete his security check in order to board an Air India flight to Mumbai. It was then that the security personnel of the (CISF) deployed there told him that the kirpan is not allowed on flights coming from international destinations.“On this, the man’s wife started arguing with the CISF’s SHA in charge. When another senior officer tried to intervene, the woman misbehaved and hurled abuses at the officer. The lady passenger was then requested to provide her travel details but she refused to provide the details and left for boarding,” said a senior officer.Meanwhile her husband had gone to put the kirpan in check-in baggage, but since the check-in of baggage for the concerned flight was already over, the passenger was asked to hand it over to the immigration staff.The officer said that when the passenger returned and cleared his security check, he realised that his wife had been off loaded and detained by the CISF, after which she was handed over to the police for further action.WRITTEN APOLOGYDCP IGI, Sanjay Bhatia said that after the CISF staff showed the couple a circular regarding prohibition of kirpan in hand bag, the woman gave an apology letter in writing and the complaint was withdrawn.

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