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No orders yet to fire back at Maoists: IAF


New Delhi : The Indian Air Force (IAF) is yet to receive permission to fire in self-defence during anti-Maoist operations, a top official said Wednesday.

“We have asked the government to be given the authority to open fire in self-defence if fired upon by the Maoists during operations. But so far we have not received any official communication or specific directions from the government,” IAF vice chief Air Marshal P.K. Barbora told reporters here.

The IAF had sought permission from the government to fire at Maoist guerrillas if they came under attack from the rebels during any operation. The IAF helps in evacuation and intelligence gathering for the police and central paramilitary forces. Its helicopters that have been used in operations off-and-on come under attacks from the Maoists, who are said to be in possession of rocket launchers and automatic weapons.

However, the Indian government says the armed forces would not be allowed to undertake offensive operations against its own citizens.

Barbora said at present helicopter crews have been provided with armoured suits and revolvers for their self defence.