Inside the surgical strike: Choppers on standby, 70-80 soldiers

According to IAF sources, Mi-35 attack helicopters were kept in a state of readiness, although their bases had no prior information about the impending ground operation, they said.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2016 7:45 am
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The Army’s surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) early Thursday that destroyed seven terror launch pads were carried out by 70-80 commandos from two separate battalions of Para Special Forces (SF) with IAF attack helicopters kept ready at four bases in J&K to address any contingency, sources told The Indian Express.

Commandos of 4 Para SF crossed the LoC at the Tutmari Gali area in the Nowgam sector of Kupwara some time after midnight, almost simultaneously with those of 9 Para SF between Balnoi and Nangi Tekri in the Poonch area, sources said.

Travelling a distance of between 1-3 km, the Para commandos reached their designated targets by foot, and by 2 am, started destroying the launch pads using shoulder-fired Carl Gustav 84mm rocket launchers and automatic grenade launchers, said sources.

According to IAF sources, Mi-35 attack helicopters were kept in a state of readiness, although their bases had no prior information about the impending ground operation, they said.

The Army had kept the LoC over an arc of 250 km under surveillance for the past one week, and shelling on various posts on the other side had started by 9pm Wednesday to confuse the Pakistan army, said sources. Extensive helicopter movement during the day on Wednesday was also undertaken as part of the plan to feign enhanced military activity in areas where operations were not being launched, they said.

Having destroyed the launch pads, the para commandos started moving back to the Indian side of the LoC when one of them received a minor injury from a mine blast. The injury, official Army sources said, was not on account of any enemy or terrorist action. All the para commando teams had returned to the Indian side of the LoC by 4.30 am Thursday and the operation, which had not been given any code name, was officially called off at 8 am.

Army chief General Dalbir Singh has complimented all ranks of Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command “for the successful planning and conduct of surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads”.

According to official sources, forces deployed along the LoC continue to remain in the state of “highest alert”. They also rubbished rumours that the leave of soldiers under the Northern Command had been cancelled.

On Thursday, while announcing the strike, the Army had said that “significant casualties” were inflicted among the “terrorists and those providing support to them”. They gave no count of the dead.

Pakistan had responded by denying that the surgical strikes took place although its Army said that two of its soldiers had been killed in firing “on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors”.

 

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    Ajitdada
    Oct 1, 2016 at 1:34 am
    your forefather were Hindu, Dont insult your DNA suppliers.
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      khan
      Oct 1, 2016 at 6:13 am
      Ask any of the world armies....was it surgical strikes? Check Google satellite before and after..DGMO speaks of area already intact. Yes military surgical strikes you will see in couple of days from stan side on those supporting and destabilising balochistan. stan almost weekly does it inside Afghanistan
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        khan
        Oct 1, 2016 at 6:16 am
        How DGMO will face his own soldiers for lie. No Indian unit in these area are aware of such happening
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          khan
          Oct 1, 2016 at 6:09 am
          If I show you evidence will you embrace islam
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            khan
            Oct 1, 2016 at 6:14 am
            Military experts are thinking of lie as 10th principles of war
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              khan
              Oct 1, 2016 at 6:17 am
              One thing is for sure that bollywood has ruined Indians who can believe that Indian army soldiers daily lay dozens eggs
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                khan
                Oct 1, 2016 at 6:09 am
                Rubbish...mi35 can't fly at night and that too in high mountain areas because of its low ceiling. If it's having more fuel , personals and ammunition then could have just flown for 45 minutes
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                  khan
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 2:51 am
                  DGMO has been posted as Surgeon Gen being expert in surgical strikes
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                    khan
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:54 am
                    Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, met United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday to discuss escalating tensions between nuclear-armed states India and stan, after which the UN chief offered mediation between the two neighbour states.
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                      khan
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 2:49 am
                      Rubbish...mi35 can't fly at night and that too in high mountain areas because of its low ceiling. If it's having more fuel , personals and ammunition then could have just flown for 45 minutes
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                        khan
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 2:51 am
                        Show us evidence...till that time India and DGMO is considered lier
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                          khan
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 2:55 am
                          Thanks modi for making kashmir issue fast farward
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                            Guru
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 3:21 am
                            I honestly don't understand why you are so concerned if we Indians believe in the 'lie'. Shouldn't you be happy and relieved that all those nice jihadis didn't get killed by our army men? Instead you are here wasting your time trying to convince us that we are 'fools'. You should be happy you are in stan or else imagine living along with us 'fools'.
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                              MyTake
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 2:07 am
                              As a rule of thumb India should just return with double the affect, anything that comes from stan. Including friendship or deception! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In no time stan will get the message!
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                                MyTake
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 2:04 am
                                Crossing LOC is not only "right". Now India has taken upon itself to do the same. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It should be even at the very least!
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                                  Ashwani Aggarwal
                                  Oct 2, 2016 at 6:27 am
                                  Times Have Changed For stanlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1 ) stan was formed on the notion of Two Nation Theory. That Hindus ans Muslims cannot live together. In India , this notion has been totally defeated. Indian Muslims are as Indian as any body else. This rattles stan the most. Then what is rationale behind existence of stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2 ) stan ( and it admits so ) has two strategic ets :-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(a ) Nukeslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;( b ) Terrorists.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After 9 /11, the West and USA are deadly against any form of Terrorismlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;( 3 ) Islamic nations - traditional financiers / supporters are universally in decline / disarray.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;( 4) Crude Oil crash severely limits the financial support traditional allies can give to stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No wonder , stan is very frustrated.
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                                    Sharjeel Khan
                                    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm
                                    Bro Sandeep you are right we don't desire to fight with anyone because we Indians are peace loving people but (hamari sar zameen pa agar koi Ake hamari jawanu Ku shaheed Kara vo bhi dhoka sa tu phir hum kuch bhi karguzrenga. InShaAllah.) You know what what ever we Indians do we do on our strength and power but our neighbours do anything on the strength of China. This is the difference between us and them. AlHamdulilla we are very much capable enough rather then them.
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                                      vijay
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 2:22 am
                                      Wouldn't be good idea to take POK and use it as a buffer against border incursions.?
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                                        AK
                                        Oct 1, 2016 at 8:11 am
                                        "Sources say this, sources say that" Indian media knitting these stories with needles called 'sources' and wool called 'imagination'
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                                          ashoks
                                          Oct 1, 2016 at 2:43 am
                                          From now on for every terrorist attack there should be counter attack by way of surgical strike,so that innocent soldiers are are not killed and it should send strong a correct signal to Delhi Briyani Peace Brigade and other antisocial elements with in the country.
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                                            Axa
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 12:16 am
                                            it seems you are a muslim mother-seller
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