A Sikh pilot was forced to remove his turban at Madrid Airport. BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa immediately filed a complaint to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asking him to take up the matter between the two countries.
Sirsa said that he received the information about the incident when Captain Simranjeet Singh Gujral, the pilot, called him up on Tuesday.
‘I wish to share with you the harassment faced by an Air India official, Captain Simranjeet Singh Gujral, at Madrid airport. He was subjected to racial discrimination because of his turban. The Madrid airport officials demanded him to remove his turban and asked for a manual check-up of his turban which is an offence in the eyes of a Sikh,’ Sirsa wrote in the letter.
He added that they forced him to remove his turban even after he had cleared the metal detectors. He said, “Truly, this is a case of bias and racial attitude towards Sikhs at the Madrid airport.”