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Lizard in Air India food-tray story fabricated, says Aviation Minister

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday denied reports of a lizard being found in the food tray of a passenger on-board an Air India flight.

“We are in touch with Air India’s management. As per them, there has been no complaint, no passenger or person has come forward to claim that this picture was taken by him or her even now,” Raju said.

“According to Air India the matter seems to have been fabricated and is a hoax. They are still investigating the matter, that who is behind it,” Raju said adding that the evidence till now suggests that there is no truth in the story.

On its part, national passenger carrier Air India has denied reports of a lizard being found in the food tray of a passenger on board its New Delhi-London flight.

The airline has termed it a “hoax” to tarnish its image.

“This incident never happened. As there is no record of it, no complaint that was filed either in London, New Delhi or on-board the flight. No cabin crew or even the other passengers on the flight were aware of such an incident and no one has come forward to complain even now,” a senior Air India official in New Delhi said.

“It is clearly a hoax. This all started with a picture appearing on Twitter. We are investigating the matter, as to who has placed the picture, and what is the claim of that person,” the official added.

The airline has warned that if the incident actually turns out to be a hoax, which it is certain of, then it may also resort to legal action.

“Our food is catered by India’s best hospitality chain, the Taj and Gate Gourmet. The Tajsats and Gate Gourmet deliver one of the finest and award winning in-flight food. This is all being done to tarnish our image,” the official added.

According to industry sources, the alleged incident blew up when a picture that showed what seemed to be a small ‘lizard’ on the food tray of a passenger was posted on Twitter. The photo has ever since gone viral.

Other sources claim that the incident took place on AI-111, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that took off on Thursday from New Delhi’s IGI airport for London.

During a 10-hour flight, the airline serves an unlimited number of snacks and two main courses depending on the time of operations.

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Tough Anti-Hijacking Law comes into Force in India

The historic 1982 law has been replaced by a stricter 2016 anti-hijacking law which permits trial for death penalty

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The 2016 Anti-Hijacking Law has now been enforced in India. Wikimedia
  • India has just reformed its anti-hijacking legislation which introduces death penalty
  • The old law of 1982 has been substituted for the 2016 anti-hijacking law 
  • The new law has now come into force which prescribes capital punishment under certain scenarios 

July 07, 2017: India has taken a strict and firm step to substitute its old vintage law designed in 1982 to a more impactful and stringent 2016 anti-hijacking law. The new law introduces and validated capital punishment in the event of the death of any person.

Previously, according to the 1982 formulated law, capital punishment could only be raised in the event of the death of a hostage which included flight crew, passengers, and security personal.

The new law has widened its definition to a broad category of the death of any hostage, including security personnel on board and ground staff members as well. In other cases, the guilty can potentially be punished for life imprisonment and fined, combined with the confiscation of movable and immovable property held.

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The law also includes numerous acts in the definition of hijacking, such as making a threat, attempts, and abetment to commit the offense.

The law which comes into force 5th July 2017 onwards also adds that organizing or invoking someone directly to carry out hijacking will also be included in the offense under the new law.

The central government is to have the power of investigation, arrests, and prosecution. The stricter and reformed bill comes after Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi introduced a bill in Rajya Sabha to repeal the 1982 Anti-Hijacking Act in 2014. The new bill was passed on 4th May 2016 by the Upper House.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394 

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