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Maoist encounter: Government raps IAF chopper crew

Posted on Feb 05, 11:07PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 5 : The Ministry of Home affairs has sought action against the crew of an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter that left behind a critically injured wireless operator after an encounter with Maoist rebels, reports said Tuesday.

Sending a strongly-worded letter, the government raised questions about the IAF's preparations and battle-hardiness and asked for an inquiry followed by appropriate action.

The IAF however has maintained that the injured wireless operator was not abandoned and instead left behind only temporarily as the crew went to get medical help.

A Court of Inquiry (CoI) as been ordered to determine the cpurse of events and
action will be taken against "all those officials and agencies" found responsible, the IAF said.

The Chhattisgarh Police radio operator was injured in a gunfight with Maoists at Timilwada area in South Bastar and was left behind by the chopper and its crew who said they came under repeated fire when attempting to rescue the him.