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Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra was suspended from flying by IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami on one of IndiGo planes.

Kunal Kamra while posting the video said that he did it for Rohith Vemula, a PhD scholar who committed suicide at the University of Hyderabad campus in 2016 after being harassed by groups allegedly affiliated to the BJP and the RSS.

IndiGo suspended Kamra from flying with the airlines for a period of six months, Air India, on the other hand, banned him until further notice.

“In light of the recent incident on board 6E 5317 from Mumbai to Lucknow, we wish to inform that we are suspending Mr Kunal Kamra from flying with IndiGo for a period of six months, as his conduct onboard was unacceptable behaviour,” the IndiGo airline said in a tweet in which Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri was also tagged.

“Hereby, we wish to advise our passengers to refrain from indulging in personal slander whilst onboard, as this can potentially compromise the safety of fellow passengers,” it added.

Replying to IndiGo’s tweet, Puri condemned Kamra’s behaviour and advised other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the comedian.

Following the suspensions by Indigo and Air India, SpiceJet has also suspended Kamra from flying with the airline, while Vistara has said it will review the incident and follow due procedure.

“Vistara stands firm with its zero-tolerance policy against any behaviour or act that compromises the safety, security and dignity of its customers and staff. We will review and follow due process in such cases,” a Vistara spokeperson told a new agency.

After Spicejet’s statement, Kunal Kamra tweeted with sarcasm asking PM Modi if he could.

GoAir became the fourth airlines to put the suspension on Kunal Kamra following Indigo, Air India and Spicejet as they put out a tweet saying that the comedian was suspended from flying till further notice.

Kamra’s act gained support from Twitterati, including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who, referring to Goswami, said that “it was time someone gave him a taste of his own medicine”.

Kamra posted the video clip on Twitter in which he can be heard demanding a reply from Goswami, asking him if he is a “coward or a journalist or a nationalist” but the editor of Republic TV kept mum.

Tweeple also questioned why Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur was not suspended for her altercation with cabin crew that resulted in the flight being delayed by 45 minutes.

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