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.'
Senior Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (Image: Reuters)
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.
This would be hilarious except that people might actually believe it: https://t.co/Sf2OyrJben 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!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 25, 2018
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.
Shashi Tharoor wasn't detained for possession of pistol at Jaipur airport.— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
He was waiting for his sister. Someone asked him what he was waiting for,he said"my sister",misheard as"Pistol",individual informed security, which sought clarification, matter later closed: CISF sources pic.twitter.com/VLLeE31KwR
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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