Congress leader Sachin Pilot Tuesday hit out at BJP IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya after the latter claimed that his father Rajesh Pilot was flying one of the Indian Air Force (IAF) planes that dropped bombs on Aizawl in March 1966.
Sharing Rajesh Pilot’s letter of appointment at the IAF, Sachin pointed out that his father was commissioned into the IAF only in October 1966.
.@amitmalviya – You have the wrong dates, wrong facts…
Yes, as an Indian Air Force pilot, my late father did drop bombs. But that was on erstwhile East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and not as you claim, on Mizoram on the 5th of March 1966.
He was commissioned into the… https://t.co/JfexDbczfk pic.twitter.com/Lpe1GL1NLB
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) August 15, 2023
“You have the wrong dates, wrong facts… Yes, as an Indian Air Force pilot, my late father did drop bombs. But that was on erstwhile East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and not as you claim, on Mizoram on the 5th of March 1966. He was commissioned into the IAF only on 29th October 1966! (Certificate attached) Jai hind and a happy Independence Day,” Sachin Pilot wrote on X (previously Twitter).
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Amid uproar by the Congress over Manipur violence, Malviya on Sunday shared a video claiming “Rajesh Pilot and Suresh Kalmadi were flying the Indian Air Force planes that bombed Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, on 5 March 1966”.
He claimed that Indira Gandhi rewarded both for carrying out “air raids on their own people in the North East” as they later went on to become ministers in the Congress government.
Speaking during the debate on no-confidence motion in the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too last week trained his guns on the Congress over the Aizawl bombing and pointed out that it was the only instance in Indian history when the Air Force was used against Indian citizens.