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Maoists didn't strike YSR's chopper: NSA

IANS  New Delhi, September 02, 2009
First Published: 21:47 IST(2/9/2009) | Last Updated: 21:49 IST(2/9/2009)

 National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan on Wednesday ruled out a Maoist strike on the helicopter carrying Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, saying they did not have the capability to do so.

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"Naxals (Maoists) don't have the capacity to bring down a chopper," he told the CNN-IBN TV news channel in an interview.

Speaking about the operations to locate the helicopter, which went missing at 9.35 am soon after taking off from Hyderabad, Narayanan said: "We have put all our resources in place and are hoping for the best."

"ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has sent a low flying aircraft which got some photographs. The most worrying aspect of the whole situation is the loss of radar (contact with the helicopter) for such a long time," Narayanan said.

"We are keeping our fingers crossed that there would be a miraculous escape (for YSR)," he said, adding: "It's going to be a tough night and I hope our faith in god will bring him back."


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