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Former RAW chief admits mishandling of Kandahar hijacking

NEW DELHI – Former chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A S Dulat has said that the response to the IC-814 hijack in 1999 was distorted as no clear instructions were given to the police when the plane landed in Amritsar due to which the hijackers managed to take it to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

When the hijacking took place on December 24, the Crisis Management Group (CMG) bobble the entire case by not immobilizing the plane when it had landed in Amritsar, Mr Dulat said.

“No one was willing to take a decision and in that confusion no instructions were passed on to Punjab Police which had moved in its personnel. They carried on debating and the plane flew off,” Mr Dulat said in an interview on Indian TV channel.

During the interview, he briefly mentioned his last meeting with the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in which the BJP stalwart had said “woh humare se galti hui thi (it was our mistake)” about the 2002 Gujarat riots.