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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