Centre orders high-level probe into accidental firing of missile at area in Pak

Published on Mar 11, 2022 06:44 PM IST

According to Russian news agency Sputnik, a projectile was launched from the area close to Sirsa in Haryana and was detected by the Pakistan air force near Mian Channu in the Punjab province of Pakistan

Picture for representational purpose only(HT File photo)
Picture for representational purpose only(HT File photo)

India on Friday ordered a high-level inquiry into a missile which landed in Mian Channu city of Pakistan's Punjab province on March 9.

In a statement, the Centre said, "On 9 March 2022, in the course of a 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.”

Earlier in the day, Pakistani armed forces had claimed that a projectile from India had allegedly landed on its territory. 

“At 6:43 p.m. (13:43 GMT) a high-speed flying object was picked up inside Indian territory by air defence operations centre of Pakistan Air Force. From its initial course the object suddenly manoeuvred towards Pakistani territory and violated Pakistan's air space ultimately following near me at Mian Channu at 6:50 p.m. (13:50 GMT),” Russian news agency Sputnik had quoted a Pakistani armed forces spokesperson from a press briefing. 

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