India’s rifle shooters Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar on Wednesday said that they have been asked to report by their employers, the Indian Air Force. In view of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan, the IAF has called up the World Cuppers to report for the duty.
As reports of both India and Pakistan shooting down each other’s’ fighter jets emerged on Wednesday, 10m air rifle shooter Ravi Kumar said he and his Air Force colleague Deepak Kumar were called up the Air Force to issue a set of instruction. The 29-year-old is part of the ground staff of Indian Air Force.
“I have got information that my boss has called me today at 2 pm. He will instruct me based on the current situation because Pakistan has given us the threat now,” said Ravi, while speaking to journalists at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range on Wednesday.
“Already all of my colleagues are on duty, only Deepak and I are out. The whole Air Force is on alert. They have called us only for instructions as of now, as to the protocol we have to follow even when not on duty in the current situation. Even if we enter the Air Force Station now, there will be thorough checking,” he added.
Ravi, who didn’t make the final in either the 10m air rifle or mixed team event at the ongoing International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Delhi, added that he was willing to go report to duty if called up.
The tensions have spread across the region, with civilian air traffic in the area completely halted, and much of Northern India under high alert following the reports of air strikes.
On Tuesday, India said that its Air Force had struck a terror camp in Pakistani territory.
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