The Hush Post|21:30 pm|2-min-read
In the year 1999, the Indian Airlines Flight 814 (IC 814) was hijacked by Harkat-ul-Mujahideen with the support and assistance from Pakistan’s ISI. The hijackers succeeded in landing the aircraft in Kandahar, Afghanistan. And now a sensational revelation has been made by a retired Air Marshal from the Indian Air Force who had served the nation for 42 years. He exposes how brazenly and irresponsibly the media behaves during times of national crisis and in their handling of national security issues.
The aircraft that had 176 passengers and 15 crew was held hostages. The terrorists said they would be released only if the Indian authorities release the deadly terrorists namely Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mulana Masood Azhar.
On 31 December 1999, the Indian government agreed to the terms of the terrorists. But by then there was one fatality and 17 were injured.
A Retired Air Marshal, Air Marshal S Y Sarur, has taken to Twitter to narrate an incident during the Kandahar hijacking in 1999. The aircraft took off from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on 24 December 1999.
Air Marshal S Y Savur alleged that journalist Barkha Dutt, who was then with NDTV, threatened to get him fired if her team wasn’t let in to the sensitive area at the time of hijacking. Retd Air Marshal SY Savur was the Air Commodore commanding Air Force station in Palam.
After few hours of making this statement on twitter, Air Marshal S Y Savur deleted both of his above tweets and said “Since Ms Barkha Dutt has stated that I have attacked her, something I have never done to any fellow Indian, I have deleted the tweet. But I stated the truth about that stressful morning in December 1999. I will carry the memory to my grave.”
However, Barkha Dutt has contradicted Sarur’s claims.
With respect this is absolutely untrue. In 1999 I was a junior reporter of just 3-4 yrs experience. Infact I reached inside tarmac; spoke to Minister Jaswant Singh. Had I said such a thing wouldn't you have responded with firm action back then? Not voice this 20 yrs later.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 30, 2018