He said this while addressing the media on the occasion of the 84th foundation day of the IAF at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

IAF officers arrest in drug bust Such incidents affect morale of forces says Air Chief
news Arup Raha Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 19:46

Four days after the Narcotics Control Bureau announced the arrest of an IAF Wing Commander, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Saturday that such incidents bring disrepute to the force.

He said this while addressing the media on the occasion of the 84th foundation day of the IAF at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

 The Air Chief Marshal said, "A commissioned officer was involved in drug trafficking and these incidents affect the morale of the armed forces.”

"We should have detected ourselves, much before it came to this shape. So, we are investigating deep into the entire matter and we are taking lot of steps to prevent such things.”

The IAF chief added that as such incidents affect the morale of the armed forces, it was a matter of concern and a lot of steps were being taken to prevent such incidents.

"I think the immediate seniors need to take more care and greater ownership of their subordinates in professional growth or in terms of behaviour, discipline, etc, which we are trying to tighten further," he added.

The News Minute had earlier reported about Wing Commander Rajasekhar Reddy who was arrested along with Venkat Rama Rao after a major amphetamine drug-ring was busted following a coordinated raid by officials in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

While Rama Rao is a research scientist in the chemical industry in Bengaluru, Reddy is an Indian Air Force Wing Commander with the Information Technology Wing in Delhi.

 

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