Defence Ministry maintained it clear that Airforce cannot spare helicopters for the demining operations. They also informed that they can send UAV's for the purpose.
State governments fear using the army would estrange the local populations.
EN Rammohan, the former DG of Border Security Force said that there is no question of sending the army to Dantewada, as it will only lead to a civil war. He said that army can train counter insurgency schools.