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India must be prepared for biological warfare: Parrikar

India must be prepared for biological warfare: Parrikar

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said India must be well-prepared to deal with chemical and biological warfare in the wake of changing threat perception and security concerns.

Referring to reports of use of chemical weapons in recent terror attacks in Afghanistan, he said India should have an effective system in place to prevent potential consequences against use of chemical or biological weapons.

“The reports which are coming from the southern and northern parts of Afghanistan… I have seen photographs of local population suffering from blisters. At this moment, I don’t have confirmation on this, but the photos were quite disturbing.

“We should be prepared for any kind of warfare,” he said during an event organised by the DRDO.

Echoing Parrikar’s concerns, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the Armed Forces must be prepared for all kinds of threat.

“Although chemical weapons have been banned by the United Nations, it could be used by an adversary,” he said.

Parrikar and Rawat were speaking at an event where the DRDO handed over Nuclear, Biological, Chemical(NBC) Reconnaissance Vehicle and NBC drugs to the Army. (AGENCIES)

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