Faridabad (Har), Mar 31 (PTI) Capt M K Kachru, pilot of the Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Pakistan in January 1971, died here today after prolonged illness, his family said. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights
He was 93, they said. Also Read - Watch | Pakistan Man Publicly Beaten & Arrested For Mocking Imran Khan Over Inclusion of Kashmir In New Map, Video Goes Viral
Capt Kachru was flying an Indian Airlines plane, carrying 26 passengers and a crew of four, from Srinagar to Jammu when two Kashmiris hijacked it and forced him to fly to Lahore. Also Read - India Lodges Strong Protest With Pak Over Reported Attempts to Convert Gurudwara in Lahore Into Mosque
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, then foreign minister of Pakistan, turned up at the airport and hailed the hijackers, who had demanded the release of some prisoners from Indian jails.
The demand was refused by India.
Though the passengers and the crew were transported back to India by land route via Amritsar, the plane was set on fire.
India had hit back by banning overflights of Pakistani aircraft in Indian airspace.
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