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Antony hits back at MHA on IAF row

Thursday, 7 February 2013 - 10:00am IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna
Hitting back at the Union home ministry for raising the issue of abandoning an injured policemen by IAF rescue team, defence minister AK Antony says that “mountain should not be made out of a mole hill”.

Hitting back at the Union home ministry for raising the issue of abandoning an injured policemen by IAF rescue team, defence minister AK Antony says that “mountain should not be made out of a mole hill”.

“IAF is actually helping the paramilitary forces in logistics support and training. It has successfully flown 172 casualty evacuation missions and there was no complain from any quarters. And  in this

173 operation, there is a problem. We are taking it seriously and IAF has already started an inquiry and I have asked them to speed it up.  When the inquiry and detailed report come, we will take action,” Antony said.  The minister  was replying to a question on Union home secretary RK Singh’s letter to his counterpart in defence ministry Shashikant Sharma for asking action against IAF crew for lapses. IAF crew in which two armed Garud commandos had left injured policeman and their weapons including LMG.

Speaking after inaugurating Aero India 2013, Antony termed this issue as an “internal family matter” and IAF has already been asked to speed up its inquiry in the matter. He said that “mountain should not be made out of a mole hill.”




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