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Indian Air Force forces Georgian cargo plane flying from Karachi to land at Jaipur

NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force fighter jets forced a Georgian cargo plane flying from Karachi to land in Jaipur on the charges of an alleged violation of Indian airspace.

The An-12 aircraft was intercepted by two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets which forced the plane to land at Jaipur.

Indian authorities say the plane deviated from its scheduled flight path

The Indian Air Force (IAF) said in a statement that the aircraft did not follow the authorised Air Traffic Services route and was not responding to radio calls from Indian controlling agencies.

It added that the aircraft was shadowed and forced to land at Jaipur for necessary investigation.

Hundreds of commercial and cargo flights have been affected by continuing tensions between India and Pakistan after their tit-for-tat air strikes in February.

Restrictions over Pakistani airspace have forced international airlines, including those from India, to take costly and lengthy detours.

The air strikes followed a suicide attack in India-held Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers and ignited fears of an all-out conflict.