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BJP minister hails shooting down of satellite that 'kept watch on India'

twitter-logoPTI | March 27, 2019 | Updated 23:22 IST

/R Pune, Mar 27 (PTI) Maharashtra minister Girish Bapat Wednesday congratulated DRDO scientists for shooting down a satellite "which was keeping a watch on India". Apparently, Bapat, the BJP's candidate for Pune Lok Sabha seat, did not realise that it was a test of an anti-satellite missile and India had shot down one of its own low-orbit satellites. "India, using anti-satellite missile, successfully shot down a live satellite at 300 km from earth in outer space, which was keeping a watch on India," he tweeted in Marathi. He congratulated Defence Research and Development Organisation's scientists for the success of `Mission Shakti'. After the post came in for trolling, the minister's social media team deleted it. According to the DRDO, a Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit in a 'Hit to Kill' mode. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced success of the test in a nation-wide broadcast. PTI SPK KRK GVS GVS

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