Chennai: DMK Tuticorin Lok Sabha member Kanimozhi was apparently perplexed after a CISF personnel at the airport heretoday asked her whether she was an Indian for not speaking Hindi, following which a high level probe was ordered into the incident.Ms Kanimozhi, who was proceeding to New Delhi, also termed it as Hindi imposition.
Ms Kanimozhi, who is the daughter of former Tamil Nadu ChiefMinister M Karunanidhi, tweeted, ''Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if "I am an Indian" when I asked her to speak to me in tamil or English as I did not know Hindi...#hindi imposition''.
''I would like to know from when being indian is equal to knowing Hindi'', she said. In another tweet, she said the CISF has ordered a probe into theincident, adding, it was not the policy of CISF to insist upon any particular language.
''The CISF has ordered an enquiry into the matter. It is not the policy of CISF to insist upon any particular language.Ms Kanimozhi in her complaint, said a woman officer of the CISF at the airport had asked her whether she was an Indian for not speaking in Hindi.
"It would not have been an issue if the incident took place in Delhi. Surprisingly it happened at Chennai airport," she wasquoted as saying.
The CISF headquarters responded promising appropriate actionand said "we sincerely acknowledge your unpleasant experience. Kindly DM journey details; name of the airport, location, date and time of the incident for appropriate action in the matter".
"The message from the CISF came when I was on the flight. When I reached Delhi, two officers from the CISF met me and promised action. They said it should not have happened," according to Ms Kanimozhi.(UNI)