BJP MPs Nishikant Dubey, Manoj Tiwari among 9 booked for forcing entry into ATC

Jharkhand Police has registered an FIR against BJP Lok Sabha MP Nishikant Dubey, his two sons, MP Manoj Tiwari, Deoghar airport director, and others, allegedly for ‘forcefully’ taking clearance from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for take-off from Deoghar airport on August 31 even as there is no ‘night take-off or landing facility’ there. The FIR was registered at Kunda police station on September 1 on the complaint of security in-charge Suman Anand who stated that the said persons violated all ‘safety standards’ by entering the ATC room and pressured the officials for clearance to take-off .

“Nine persons, including both the MPs — Nishikant Dubey and Manoj Tiwari — and the airport director were booked under IPC sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 447 (punishment for criminal trespass), 448 (punishment for house-trespass),” said Kunda police station in-charge Praveen Kumar.

Deoghar DC in a letter to the Principal Secretary, Cabinet-Coordination (Civil Aviation), Jharkhand, dated September 2, explained the entire issue stating that after boarding the plane, the pilot came out of the plane and started walking towards the ATC.

“Also, on August 31, the local sunset timing was 18.03 hours… air services are to be conducted up to 17.30 hours. Dubey and others came inside the ATC room…the security in-charge said that the pilot and the passengers were pressuring for clearance to take off, which was given,” the letter said.

“The security in-charge has mentioned that he was shocked and alarmed due to the presence of passengers in the ATC room and such actions are a breach of airport security standards. Security in-charge further noticed that the pilot and the passengers were pressurising that they may be given clearance for the take-off. As a result, the ATC clearance was given,” the letter added.

The issue also sparked off a Twitter war between Dubey and Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri. Dubey alleged that the Delhi Police has registered a case against Bhajantri for insulting the Constitution and under the Official Secrets Act, among others. At 10.47 pm Friday, Dubey tweeted: “Law prevails in this country. Delhi Police has registered case against DC Deoghar under IPC sections 124b [Whoever deliberately insults the book of the Constitution, the national flag, the national emblem or the national anthem, by burning, desecration or otherwise], 201[causing disappearance of evidence]…Officials secrets Act.”

When contacted, Nishikant Dubey did not respond.

Bhajantri told The Indian Express that he has not received information on any FIR. “Earlier the police had registered an FIR against him (Dubey) and others for going inside the ATC and forcefully getting a clearance.”

On DC Deoghar’s tweet on pressuring for clearance, MP Dubey said in a tweet: “…How did you get inside the airport and under what authority? Who gave you the permission to see CCTV footage? You are frustrated, be the Chief Minister’s sycophant and be cool.” To this, Bhajantri replied that he had the authority and took a ‘gate pass’ to enter. However, to this, Dubey said: “Who gave you the permission to enter the Apron? ATC Tower? You breached all norms. Pathetic.”

Bhajantri denied this in his tweet and Dubey then said that the IAS officer had breached national security. The social media fight continued with both making allegations and counter-allegations against each other.

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