IAF to conduct surveillance in Sabarimala
After the intelligence reports that extremist elements could use forest routes to attack the temple or pilgrims, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy have been deployed

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IAF to conduct surveillance in Sabarimala

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy have deployed their MI-17 V-5 gunships to fly low level aerial reconnaissance and surveillance sorties over Sabarimala.
  • Intelligence reports that extremist elements could use forest routes to assail the temple or pilgrims groups had prompted the unusual move.
  • The State police have found the reports too compelling to ignore in the background of global terrorist threat. They had developed a counter with the aid of the defence forces.
  • The MI-17 V-5 were famously used by the National Security Guards to carry out an airborne assault on Chabad House which was taken over by terrorists during the September 2008 sea-borne armed suicide attack in Mumbai. They were also used to ferry troops to the LoC for “surgical strikes on terrorist camps” in September this year.
  • The armoured helicopters would carry air-to-ground missiles and machine guns along with surveillance equipment.