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Shashi Tharoor 'Detained' After Passenger Mishears 'My Sister' As 'Pistol' At Airport

Denying any such incident, Tharoor wrote, 'I have never owned a pistol or applied for a license, & I’ve certainly never carried one or been stopped for doing so.'

Anurag Verma | @kitAnurag

Updated:January 26, 2018, 1:26 PM IST
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Shashi Tharoor 'Detained' After Passenger Mishears 'My Sister' As 'Pistol' At Airport
Senior Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (Image: Reuters)
The English teacher of Indian Twitter, Shashi Tharoor, who usually makes headlines for his impeccable vocabulary found himself in a rather bizarre situation at Jaipur airport.

According to ANI, the Thiruvananthapuram MP, waiting for his sister at Jaipur airport who was coming from Delhi, was questioned by someone what he was waiting for. Tharoor replied, waiting for "my sister". Somehow it was misheard as "pistol".

Panicked by this, the passenger informed airport security, who later "detained" Tharoor and "questioned" him.

However, Mr. Tharoor slammed the airport and denied its detention story.

"This would be hilarious except that people might actually believe it.... I have never owned a pistol or applied for a license, & I've certainly never carried one or been stopped for doing so. Our media's talent for making up stories is literally unbelievable," Tharoor tweeted, attaching the link to a related report.




CISF, which handles the security at airports, clarified that Tharoor was neither detained nor questioned for carrying arms as was reported in the media. He was waiting for his sister. Someone had asked him what he was waiting for, he said: “my sister”, misheard as “pistol”, ANI reported.




Last month, in a horrible mix-up, a channel tweeted the Congress MP's name by mistake after after legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor died.

"We're getting condolence calls in the office! Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature" Tharoor tweeted. It's the author-politician's take off on the famous quote attributed to the legendary Mark Twain.

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