Rastriya Janata Party lawmaker vandalises counter at Janakpur airportThe lawmaker said that he was furious at the condition of the airport, and the irresponsibility and indifference of Budhha Air’s officials to passengers’ queries.
Rastriya Janata Party Nepal’s lawmaker Pramod Sah vandalised the counter of Buddha Air in Janakpur Airport on Monday. Sah kicked the counter, shattering the glass.
Sah said that he lost his cool because the airlines did not pay heed to his complaints. He said he was miffed because of the negligence in cleanliness of the airport, the sight of stray cattle around the airport’s runway, and because his flight had been delayed for two hours.
After the vandalism, Bijay Singh, chief of Buddha Air Janakpur, confronted Sah. A verbal spat between the two ensued. After the incident, Sah was barred from taking his flight. He flew to Kathmandu only after Chief District Officer Pradeep Kandel mediated the spat over the phone.
Lawmaker Sah said that he even informed the airlines that a heart patient, Shaukhilal Chaudhary, was awaiting his flight. But the airlines’ official appeared indifferent, Sah said. “The aircraft was delayed by two hours,” said Sah. “Despite repeated attempts at the enquiry about the status of the flight, the officials declined to relay any information.”
Singh said that the delay in flights had occurred owing to air traffic, which had irked Sah.
“The officials chase the cattle away from the runway just before the plane takes flight,” Sah added. “This shows how poorly maintained the airport is.”
Sah said that he was compelled to kick the airlines counter. “I got furious seeing the negligence and lack of responsibility from the airlines’ officials,” he said.