There has been another case where an Indian athlete has been denied their rights by a major corporation. The victim in this issue is shooter Dishant Dey, who wasn’t allowed to carry his air rifle while travelling to the 65th Shooting Nationals in Thiruvananthapuram.
Dishant Dey was travelling from Guwahati, Assam to the location of the tournament along with his mother. During this journey, leading Indian airline Indigo refused to let him travel with his air rifle despite having all the necessary supporting documents.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) wasn’t happy with this treatment and raised their complaint on Twitter. The sporting organisation addressed that Dey was refused permission and deemed this treatment as ‘pure harassment’.
The NRAI tweeted, "Pure harassment at @GuwahatiAirport by @IndiGo6E. Dishant Dey is trying to travel to Trivandrum by flight 6E5226 to participate in the 65th Shooting Nationals & despite having all necessary documents to carry his Air Rifle with him, the airline is refusing permission."
Pure harassment at @GuwahatiAirport by @IndiGo6E Dishant Dey is trying to travel to Trivandrum by flight 6E5226 to participate in the 65th Shooting Nationals & despite having all necessary documents to carry his Air Rifle with him, the airline is refusing permission. Pls help— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) November 17, 2022
Going back to the issue, the shooter and his mother were informed that the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) doesn’t permit the airlines from carrying 'Dangerous Goods, including guns and ammunition to Thiruvananthapuram till November 30'.
When the Times of India talked to Dishant Dey, he expressed shock when he and his mother were deboarded by the airline. He said, "It was shocking for us when we were asked to deboard. Later, we were accommodated in a flight to Kochi and the airlines also arranged a cab for us from Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram, which was paid by them."
When TOI contacted Indigo, the airline's spokesperson said they were following orders by the DGCA instructions. "Our staff was following the DGCA instructions and there was no intent to cause discomfort to any passengers."