Feroze Shaikh attempted to sneak away while the flyers were alighting, only to be chased by the woman he had allegedly targeted.Her screams alerted thecrew and ground staff, who got CISF guards to stop the suspect and hand him over to police. The woman, a teacher, had admittedly dozed off soon after takeoff and was unaware of what the alleged offender in the window seat next to hers was up to until she opened her eyes on hearing the announcement.
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The complainant told police that she initially thought her co-passenger was scratching himself and ignored him, but grew suspicious when he continued with the act and allegedly nudged and gestured to her in a brazen manner. The woman wanted to call the cabin crew but the plane had touched down by then, she said. Shaikh allegedly rushed towards the rear exit and tried to flee the moment the doors were disarmed.
Police identified Shaikh as an engineer engaged to be married next month. He was travelling to an industrial water plant at Koradi, near Nagpur, for work. Police commissioner Amitesh Kumar said Shaikh had been charged with outraging a woman’s modesty (Section 354 of the IPC), sexual harassment (354A), and insult (509). He was remanded in jail custody on Tuesday.