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AI flies 5,000 security personnel to J&K (IANS Exclusive)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

has ferried around 5,000 and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel to in special night flights in recent weeks as boots on the ground are being strengthened in after the attack.

There are at least three flights every night full of security personnel leaving for from New is also operating the wide-body 787 Dreamliner from Kolkata to fly soldiers in.

There are now Delhi-Leh-flights twice a week chartered for (BSF) troopers apart from a separate flight for the on the same route. Another regular chartered service is going to be added for the on the Delhi-Leh-Chandigarh route.

Sources said that the had requisitioned the aircraft which were pulled out of the normal schedule to operate special night flights to

After the February 14 attack, the Centre had come under criticism for not flying the soldiers as road transport made them vulnerable to terror attacks.

As the situation remain tense in after crackdown on terrorists by security forces post-and the prevailing political situation against the backdrop of taking up challenges to the Constitution's Section 35A, the Centre had decided to dispatch 45 additional companies (around 135 personnel) of the (CRPF), 35 companies of the (BSF) and 10 companies each of the Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) and the (ITBP).

The diversion of the fleet has forced Air India to stretch its resources as 17 of its aircraft are already grounded because of technical issues. The domestic aviation circuit is already reeling under the impact of shortage of aircraft.

Even private carriers are running low. has 53 of its aircraft grounded because of various reasons including the ban on operating 737-8 Max after the crash in

Twelve aircraft of are grounded and 30 flights of are impacted because of shortage of pilots.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 20:18 IST
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