New Delhi: The vice chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Marshal S B Deo, accidentally shot himself in his thigh. The incident took place on Wednesday. He was rushed to a military hospital in Delhi where he underwent a surgery.

Sources said that his condition is stable. However, there was no official comment on the incident from the IAF. He had taken over as vice chief of the Air Staff in January, 2017.

Air Marshal Deo, who was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on June 15, 1979, is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

According to NDTV report, Deo has been Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of a major fighter base and commanded a Mig-21 Bison Squadron and a Signal Unit besides being the Chief Operating Officer of a forward base.

Speaking on the Rafale deal, he had recently said that the IAF is waiting for the aircraft while adding that the allegations are being made about the deal by people who do not know the facts.

(With PTI inputs)