The border forces of India and Pakistan had carried out deadliest strikes across the LoC in 2011, killing at least 13 soldiers, The Hindu reported citing official documents, video and photographic evidence.
Confirming several statements claiming that India had carried account surgical strike during UPA regime, the report reveals that the bloodiest cross-border surgical strikes saw both the forces beheading six soldiers and five of those “carried across the border as trophies — two to Pakistan and three to India.”
According to the evidences, the Pakistani force attacked an army post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara, on the afternoon of July 30, 2011, killing six soldiers from the Rajput and Kumaon regiments.
Later, the force decapitated Havildar Jaipal Singh Adhikari and Lance Naik Devender Singh of 20 Kumaon.
In retaliation, the Indian Army launched Operation Ginger on August 30, 2011, which struck three Pakistani Army posts, killing at least 13 Pak soldiers. Three among the dead were decapitated and brought back to India.
The ‘trophies’ India carried back included three Pakistani heads — of Subedar Parvez, Havildar Aftab and Naik Imran — three AK 47 rifles and other weapons, the report said.
One Army personnel involved in the operation was quoted by the newspaper as saying, “We decided on Tuesday because in the past, including in Kargil war (of 1999) we always tasted victory on this day. We deliberately planned the operation just a day before the Eid as it was the time when Pakistanis least expected a retaliation.”
As part of the operation, different teams for ambush, demolition, surgical strike and surveillance were constituted to carry out strikes.
Earlier, the congress claimed the Indian Army had launched surgical strikes during UPA II, but never made them public.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “We are proud that even in the past our forces have successfully conducted such surgical strikes on numerous occasions, particularly on September 1, 2011, July 28, 2013 and January 14, 2014, giving a befitting reply to the enemy,” said
“In its maturity, wisdom and in the interest of national security, Congress Government avoided making loud claim for the effective response and action of Indian Army, which had the full support of political leadership, he added.
However, on contrary to Congress’ claims, Former DGMO Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia said that surgical strikes were never carried out during the erstwhile UPA regime and recent strikes carried out by the army were the first of its kind.