Rajasthan: IAF jet shoots down suspicious object in Barmer

Jaipur: A Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet on Tuesday shot down a suspicious flying-object over Gugdi town in Rajasthan's Barmer district. Barmer is a village which is very near to Pakistan border.

However, the Indian Air Force officials said in its statement that its radar had spotted an unidentified balloon-shaped object and that a fighter jet was launched to intercept the object.

"Between 10.30 - 11.00 a.m., unidentified balloon-shaped object was picked up on IAF radar, which was unidentified and was in our airspace. An IAF fighter was launched, which intercepted the object and brought it down. We have launched further investigations into it," a source in the IAF said.

No one was hurt nor was any damage caused to the property in the area, IAF spokesman said here.

The AIR Force is now searching for the remains of the balloon.

The incident came to light on morning of January 26 in Barmer, where some villagers reported an incident of certain metal pieces falling down from the sky.

Police said a team led by additional SP Jassaram Bose found about five pieces of a triangle kind of metallic objects but it was not an explosive material.

These pieces were handed over to IAF, police said.

Reportedly, people of Gugardi and Panavara villages under Pachpadra Thana area heard the deafening sound blasts in about 5km radius.

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