Daily Archive: January 24, 2018

पूर्वी दिल्ली के शकरपुर इलाके में कुल्फी के दुकान में लगी आग

पूर्वी दिल्ली के शकरपुर इलाके में कुल्फी के दुकान में लगी आग, एक कि मौके पर मौत दूसरा घायल, पुलिस ने लास को कब्जे में लेकर पोस्टमाटम के लिए भेजा,

NDTV Exclusive: Reopen Files On IAF’s 1971 Attack On Pak Airbase, Say 2 Military Legends

New Delhi : After new details emerged of one of the most successful ground attack missions in the history of the Indian Air Force, two distinguished veterans, both legends in their own right, believe that the Air Headquarters needs to re-open its file on the IAF strike mission to Murid in Pakistan during the 1971 war and credit some of the pilots who have never been recognised for their role.

In his new book, "In The Ring and On Its Feet – Pakistan Air Force in the 1971 Indo-Pak War", Pakistan’s leading military aviation historian Air Commodore M Kaiser Tufail (Retd.) has stated that IAF Hunter fighter jets belonging to 20 Squadron, ‘The Lightnings’ of the IAF destroyed 5 PAF F-86 Sabres on the ground in Murid on December 8, 1971.

He goes on to list the identifying tail-numbers of these jets. This would make this mission the single-most successful counter-air operation in the IAF’s history, meant to target enemy aircraft while they are on the ground.

As NDTV reported yesterday, never have more enemy jets been destroyed in a single IAF raid on a Pakistani airbase — a fact that found mention in Pakistani records but has never been adequately recognised by the Indian Air Force.

Responding to the details in Tufail’s book, the then Commanding Officer of the Pathankot-based 20 Squadron during the 1971 war, Air Vice Marshal Cecil Parker (Retd.) says: "In view of the admission of the loss of five Sabre aircraft (with tail numbers given) of the PAF in Murid on December 8, 1971, they must be credited to Mission 113 and be included in No 20 Squadron total toll in any official history of the IAF."

Parker is no ordinary IAF officer. Awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, the second highest military decoration in India, Parker shot down an enemy Sabre fighter, heavily damaged another one and attacked the Pakistani oil refinery at Attock in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire while leading 20 Squadron during the ’71 war.

According to Parker, "My own opinion is that the Awards Committee at Air headquarters felt that too many awards were going to a single unit, ie No 20 Squadron. I may add that two-thirds of my recommendations were accepted but the one-third that wasn’t, included my recommendations for Dhillon, Murlidharan and Heble."

One of the officers Parker refers to is Flying Officer VK Heble, who along with Squadron Leader RN Bharadwaj, Flying Officer BC Karambaya and Flight Lieutenant AL Deoskar, flew the British-made Hunters to Murid on that fateful day. Heble, who quit the IAF as a Flight Lieutenant after 1971, was tragically killed in an Indian Airlines crash near Mumbai a few years later. According to BC Karambaya, "Heble claimed he fired his guns at a ‘pointed nose’ aircraft" when the Hunters were strafing Murid

Day Before PadmaavatRelease, Arson, Protests In 4 States: 10 Facts

New Delhi:

A day before the release of "Padmaavat", groups like Karni Sena, which have vowed to block the film in defiance of Supreme Court orders, intensified their protests that started last evening. Violence and protests were reported from parts of Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — the states that had initially banned the movie. In Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, police lathicharged protesters who damaged vehicles and forced shops to shut down. Several vehicle owners were injured. The Delhi-Jaipur highway was blocked by protesters. The Karni Sena has asked social organisations across the country to ensure that the movie can’t be screened.

Here are the top 10 updates in this big story:

  1. In Rajasthan, distributors refused to screen "Padmaavat" citing the protests. Besides Delhi-Jaipur highway, traffic was hit on Delhi-Ajmer highway as protestrs burnt tyres. In Sikar, a bus was stoned. The Chittor Fort was shut down for the second time in its centuries-old history after Karni Sena members tried to break in.
  2. In Haryana’s Gurgaon, protesters block the Wazirpur-Pataudi road and torched a bus in Sohna. The administration has banned protests within a 200-metre radius of movie halls till Sunday. Clubs and bars in Gurugram will be closed from 7 this evening till further orders. Many cinema hall owners have said they will not screen the film.
  3. In Lucknow, protests were held outside a mall. Claiming they do not belong to any organisation, the protesters said if hall owners don’t agree to their "request" and stop screening the movie, they would "anything that is required".
  4. In Mumbai, the police arrested 30 Karni Sena workers as a preventive measure; 44 others were arrested in Gujarat capital Ahmedabad.
  5. Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the Rajput organisation won’t allow the release of the film. "January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may," he said.
  6. Protests against the film had turned increasingly violent from Tuesday evening, with vandalism reported from near a number of multiplexes in Gujarat. Today, 50 people were arrested in connection with the violence.
  7. In Ahmedabad, the police had to open fire on Tuesday night as a mob burnt nearly 30 two-wheelers and smashed shop windows. Wrecked cars and scooters lay around the mall in piles this morning. Despite the Gujarat government’s promise for security ahead of the film’s release, policemen were outnumbered by the mob.
  8. Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected a final attempt by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments to ban the movie. "It’s an order, better abide by it. You (states) can advise people not to watch the movie," the judges said.
  9. Protests took place parts of Uttar Pradesh too yesterday. Mobs went on rampage in Muzaffarnagar. In Kanpur, agitated members of a fringe group barged into a mall demanding a complete ban on the film. They tore film posters, damaged property and manhandled the mall staff, the police said.
  10. The protesters believe the film distorts history and shows Rani Padmini, the legendary queen of Chittor, in a poor light. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapur, was cleared by the censor board after a number of edits and a change of title from Padmavati to Padmaavat.