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Central govt sacks three IAF officers for accidentally firing BrahMos Missile to Pakistan

On March 9, 2022, the BrahMos missile was fired within the border of Pakistan, which was said to have happened by mistake. Now the Air Force has dismissed three officers in this case.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Central-led Modi govt sacks 3 IAF officers for misfiring BrahMos Missile to Pakistan on 9 March 2022. This missile had fallen in the Punjab province of Pakistan, it was Brahmos Missile. In the case, the Court of Inquiry was formed to know the cause of the incident and to fix its responsibility. In whose investigation it has been found that this mistake was caused by three officers. The incident took place due to negligence in Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by these three officers. Because of this, the Air Force has dismissed a Group Captain, a Wing Commander and a Squadron Leader.

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The Indian Air Force has informed that the Central Government has dismissed these three officers from the job with immediate effect. On Tuesday 23 August 2022, orders have been given to sack him from the job. These three officers have been mainly held responsible for the BrahMos missile misfiring incident on 9 March 2022. Their services have been terminated by the Central Government with immediate effect. The officers have been ordered to be dismissed today, August 23.

“A Court of Inquiry, set up to establish the facts of the case, including fixing responsibility for the incident, found that deviation from the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by three officers led to the accidental firing of the missile,” a closure report reads.

On March 11, the defence ministry said that India accidentally fired a missile on March 9 that landed in Pakistan and that the “deeply regrettable” incident was caused by a technical malfunction in the course of its routine maintenance.

The ministry had further said the government took a serious view of the incident and ordered a ‘Court of Enquiry’ into it.

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“On March 9, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry. It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident,” the defence ministry had said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Pakistan had said a high-speed projectile launched from India entered its airspace and fell near Mian Channu in Khanewal district. Islamabad had also summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires and conveyed its strong protest over the “unprovoked” violation of its airspace by the supersonic “projectile” of Indian origin.

The Pakistan foreign office had said the “super-sonic flying object” entered into Pakistan from India’s Suratgarh at 6:43 pm (PST) on March 9 and fell to the ground near Mian Channu city at around 6:50 pm, causing damage to civilian property.

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