Operation Ginger: When Indian Army killed 8 Pakistanis in 2011 surgical strike

Details regarding the tit-for-tat attack that took place in the summer of 2011 have come out amid heightened India-Pakistan tensions.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2016 1:11 pm
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A deadly surgical strike by the Indian Army in Pakistani territory in 2011 left at least eight Pakistani soldiers dead, with three of them decapitated, a report published on Sunday said. Details regarding the tit-for-tat attack that took place in the summer of 2011 have come out amid heightened India-Pakistan tensions marked by an Indian surgical strike on September 29.

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The Hindu newspaper citing confidential official documents, video and photographic evidences said India and Pakistan carried out “two of the bloodiest cross-border surgical strikes” killing 13 soldiers. Five of the slain soldiers were decapitated. The Pakistani soldiers took away the heads of two Indian soldiers and left behind a third badly wounded who died in hospital, the daily said.

In the revenge attack, Indian soldiers brought back heads of three Pakistani soldiers, the Hindu said. Major General (retired) S.K. Chakravorty, who planned and executed the operation as the chief of Kupwara-based 28 Division, confirmed the Indian raid but refused to discuss details.

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According to the newspaper, Pakistani raiders struck a remote army post in Gugaldhar in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on July 30, 2011.

The attackers returned with the heads of Havildar Jaipal Singh Adhikari and Lance Naik Devender Singh of 20 Kumaon. A soldier of the 19 Rajput, who reported the attack, died in a hospital. In revenge, the Indian Army planned “Operation Ginger” — which, the daily said, turned out to be one of the deadliest cross-border raids across the LoC.

The Indian operation was planned to precision. Seven reconnaissance – physical and air surveillance mounted on UAV – missions were carried out to identify vulnerable Pakistani army posts.

The mission was finalized to spring an ambush on Police Chowki to inflict maximum casualty.

Finally, the Indian troops launched the covert operation on August 30, 2011.

About 25 soldiers, mainly Para Commandos, crossed the LoC stealthily. They planted claymore mines around the strike area.

Four Pakistani soldiers, led by a Junior Commissioned Officer, walked into the ambush. Mines were detonated, grenades lobbed and they were fired at.

One Pakistani soldier fell into a stream that ran below. Indian soldiers chopped off the heads of the other three dead soldiers and also took away their rank insignias, weapons and other personal items.

The commandos then planted pressure IED’s beneath one of the bodies, primed to explode when anyone attempted to lift it.

Two more Pakistani soldiers rushed in after hearing the explosions. They were killed by a second Indian team waiting near the ambush site.

Two other Pakistani army men tried to trap the second team. But a third Indian team covering them killed the Pakistanis, the daily said.

While the Indian soldiers were retreating, another group of Pakistani soldiers were spotted moving towards the ambush site. Soon they heard loud blasts, indicating the concealed IEDs had exploded, the report said.

According to Indian assessment, at least two to three more Pakistani soldiers were fatally injured in that blast.

The operation lasted for about 45 minutes and the Indians headed back across the LoC, carrying the heads of Subedar Parvez, Havildar Aftab and Naik Imran.

The severed heads were photographed and buried. Two days later, one of the senior most Generals in the command turned up and ordered the heads to be dug up, burnt and the ashes strewn into Kishenganga river.

This was done to do away with all DNA traces, the daily said.

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    Abrrad
    Oct 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm
    Army taking revenge and King few soldiers is NOT same as govt officially planning and asking army to cross loc and attack terrorists camps......pls get it.
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      Abrrad
      Oct 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm
      Our army might have attacked and killed the stani army and terrorists several times before. No doubt about that. Our soldiers are not fools to sit in camps when their colleagues get beheaded. But that was done at the level of commanding army division....not as official govt policy. If the news of attack was kept secret , it is as good as not attacking. The current attack across LOC is an official govt policy....there is huge difference between the two.
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        Abrrad
        Oct 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm
        There is a simple but yet huge difference between our army attacking and killing few people by a decision taken at commanding army level or may be at govt level but not disclosing to public.....VERSUS making an official declaration indicating this is a conscious and official policy determined action. Telling the world hat we will cross Loc and attack is different from attacking and not declaring.
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          Doba Dodu
          Oct 10, 2016 at 12:42 am
          The unforgettable Surgical Strike of the Great Indian Army was, where 33 para troopers of the 10th Para Regiment were brutally killed by the LTTE during heli-landing to the ground of University of Jaffna on 11th October 1987! We still remember it Mr. Subramani (Sami). The heli-borne ault on the Jaffna University was one significant phase of the battle code named �Operation Pawan� on the night of 11 October 1987. Aim of this commando raid was to capture the top LTTE terrorist leadership and local commanders who were operating inside the University building at the time of the raid, according to Indian Intelligence. Thus thirty three para troopers including Lieutenant Colonel A.K. Chhabra fell victim to LTTE indiscriminate fire halfway their landing. "Firing at para troopers before their landing was a blatant violation of the Geneva Convention ped in 1949." India said ( is the Indian version of Geneva Convention which does not applies to Indian Occupied Kashmir).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let us see how The Great Indian 'Zeros' were respecting the same Geneva Convention: The Jaffna hospital macre occurred on October 21 and 22, 1987, during the Sri Lankan Civil War, when troops of the Indian Army entered the premises of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and killed between 60-70 patients and staf. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the government of Sri Lanka, and independent observers such as the University Teachers for Human Rights and others have called it a macre of civilians. Same thing is repeated by the Great Indian 'zeros' in Indian Occupied Kashmir today! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We also remember how the 90,000 strong Great Indian Army struggled with 4000 Hindu Tamil Tiger Terrorists and left Sri Lanka unsuccessfully with shame, after loosing over 2000 Great Indian 'Zeros' in action and several thousand wounded!
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            Doba Dodu
            Oct 10, 2016 at 6:19 am
            You have forgotten China! India is scared of China, so, India and Indian media always downplay the India-china border dispute as China already thought an unforgettable lesson in 1962 war! Almost 125,000 sq km of Indian territory is either occupied or claimed by China! But, you still say, you have no issues with China! India's latest friend can do nothing in this regard. Aksai Chin is a disputed region located in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau and immediately south of the western Kunlun Mountains. It is approximately 35,241 sq km in size is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Hotan County in the Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. India considers it as a part of its state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Trans-Karakoram Tract is an area of nearly 5,800 km2/ 5180 sq km (2,239 sq mi) along both sides of the Shaksgam River, is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Kargilik County and Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County in the Kashgar Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. It is still claimed by India as part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Arunachal Pradesh 83,743 sq km is a state of India, located in the far northeast. It borders the states of am and Nagaland to the south, and shares international borders with Burma in the east, Bhutan in the west, and the People's Republic of China in the north. The majority of the territory is claimed by the People's Republic of China as part of South Tibet.
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              Doba Dodu
              Oct 10, 2016 at 6:35 am
              You have forgotten China! India is scared of China, so, India and Indian media always downplay the India-china border dispute as China already thought an unforgettable lesson in 1962 war! Almost 125,000 sq km of Indian territory is either occupied or claimed by China! When you talk about the 90,000 stani soldiers, you forget that you have voluntarily interfered in the internal affairs of another country which was then East stan. You are also forgetting the fact when you interfered the internal affairs of SRI LANKA sending 90,000 Indian Army, the Hindu Tamil Tiger Terrorist thought them a true lesson and India will never, ever get involved in another countr's internal affair! Aksai Chin is a disputed region located in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau and immediately south of the western Kunlun Mountains. It is approximately 35,241 sq km in size is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Hotan County in the Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. India considers it as a part of its state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Trans-Karakoram Tract is an area of nearly 5,800 km2/ 5180 sq km (2,239 sq mi) along both sides of the Shaksgam River, is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Kargilik County and Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County in the Kashgar Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. It is still claimed by India as part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Arunachal Pradesh 83,743 sq km is a state of India, located in the far northeast. It borders the states of am and Nagaland to the south, and shares international borders with Burma in the east, Bhutan in the west, and the People's Republic of China in the north. The majority of the territory is claimed by the People's Republic of China as part of South Tibet.
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                Ajay
                Oct 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm
                The person who leaked this should be immediately booked on official secrets act, stripped of his job, retirement benefits.his all financial ets seized.
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                  module
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 7:19 am
                  Surgical strikes is not a publicity materials, that has be telecast. Which media or TV channel telecasted 1965 and 1971 war against Pak? where we won both the battles and even in Kargil too. India is a peace keeping, never tried to capture a country or it's areas.
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                    babar
                    Oct 12, 2016 at 6:41 am
                    And movie never released. para troop, blasts, IED e.t.c. lt;br/gt;For Indians Silly public there is another story
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                      Ankur
                      Oct 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm
                      Cross Border Raid means surgical strike!
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                        RAJ आंतिल
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                        Indian Army conducted surgical strike in 2011 to avenge the beheading of it's soldiers.
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                          RAJ आंतिल
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm
                          Revenge of beheaded Indian soldiers by surgical strike in 2011.
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                          1. শৌনক বসু
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                            Does that include the current crops of neta who are thumping their chests about the latest surgical strike ?
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                            1. শৌনক বসু
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 7:01 pm
                              Which military top br has gone to that position without field duty? Please name one... Anywhere in the world. Would love to know!!!
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                                Narsimharao Bandaru
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                                The situation in 2011 was different and the media was not so aggressive than.Today people are more well informed through social media,Tv news and debates.Today,if we would not have gone for surgical strikes the people of this country along with the Armed forces would not only got demoralized but pulled down the govt.Also,the Govt moved its cards well on the diplomatic front led by the PM.Lets appreciate the 2011 surgical strikes but let's not make comparison with surgical strikes of 2016.
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                                  Dʀɘʌɱ Gɩʀɭ
                                  Oct 10, 2016 at 10:32 am
                                  be in ur limit
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                                    Gurmeet Channa
                                    Oct 10, 2016 at 4:17 am
                                    MUST READ!!
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                                      Paki the
                                      Oct 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                                      Indian are really expert in making dramas and Bollywood scripts and they make just another false script i.e 2016 Surgical strike, International media visit to those side of loc where indian claims Strike!! there was no such a mark of any strike, Indian media just making fools of its public thats it, and above all of those India have no prove about strike as well.
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                                        Sunil Sharma
                                        Oct 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                                        In 1970 Mrs Indira hiji won the Bangla Desh war and Liberated East stan capturing 91,000 stani Soldiers and Generals.lt;br/gt;The Indian ARMY Has done well even before the BJP came to power. Bjp should NOT make the army achievement his Achievement.lt;br/gt;Go back in History Kargil while BJP were in power we HAVE LOST 1/3 of Kargil to stan in 1999 LET NOT FORGET IT.lt;br/gt;Remember in 1970 Mrs Indira hiji then the PM a woman made of Good Indian Steel booted stan from East stan and Liberated Bangla Desh " Sonar Bangla".lt;br/gt;The Indian Army captured 91,000 ( Ninty one stani Soldiers and Generals) under General Manekshaw Mrs Indira hiji NEVER BLEW HER TRUMPET .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mrs Indira hiji was very Strong even was willing to FACE the US Navy which wanted to intervene. to save East stan from falling to the ground.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ASK THE BJP to go back and read " True /HONEST " Indian Army Achievement and Mrs hiji work the Green Revolution which we have benefited so far. Modiji appeared in the last two and half years,.lt;br/gt;Leave the Army to do its job Modiji must concentrate to make the lives of 400 millions poor indians citizens less miserable.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;JAI BHARAT MATA Jai Indira hiji Jai Mahatama hiji
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                                          Aman Pasha
                                          Oct 10, 2016 at 1:37 am
                                          This article is a proof that Indian military and state have a very different definition of term Surgical strike than rest of the world. stan and military experts around the world have questioned India's ertion of surgical strike and rightly so. May be India is now deliberately tempering with the the term surgical strike to avoid further embarrment.
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                                            tera khasam
                                            Oct 10, 2016 at 2:25 am
                                            Are you a porkistani porkie?
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