NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – In a dangerous accident, an Indian air force fighter jet accidentally dropped five bombs over Gugdi town in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Tuesday.
No causality or loss of property has been reported so far.
According to media reports, loud explosions were heard in radius of about 10 kilometer after an IAF jet dropped five bombs in Rajasthan.
The Air Force, in a statement, said that its radar had spotted an unidentified balloon-shaped object and that a fighter jet was launched to intercept the object.
The incident occurred on the day when thousands of Indians gathered in New Delhi amid tight security for annual Republic Day parade, a pomp-filled spectacle of military might featuring camels and daredevil stunt riders, with French President Francois Hollande the chief guest.
A contingent of French infantry in India for joint military exercises led the march down the capital‘s central Rajpath avenue, the first time foreign forces have ever taken part in the parade.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Hollande as chief guest in a show of solidarity with France after terrorist attacks in Paris last November killed 130.
An estimated 10,000 spectators braved thick smog and air quality levels classified as hazardous on the US embassy website to watch the display.
Delhi is the world‘s most polluted capital and levels of PM2.5 – the tiny particles that can enter the bloodstream – frequently reach 10 times the World Health Organization s safe limit.
But the skies remained dry, unlike last year when chief guest US President Barack Obama was forced to shelter under an umbrella throughout.