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Surgical Strikes: 22 Soldiers Get Bravery Awards

Discussion in 'Indian Army' started by Guynextdoor, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI:

    HIGHLIGHTS
    1. Gallantry awards for soldiers who crossed Line of Control
    2. Surgical strikes carried out on September 29
    3. 2 Colonels involved with planning among honorees

    22 soldiers who crossed the Line of Control on the night of September 29 to strike terrorist staging areas have been awarded with some of the country's top gallantry awards. The honorees are from the elite 4 Para and 9 Para Special Forces Regiment.

    A Major of 4 Para has been awarded the second-highest peacetime decoration, the Kirti Chakra.

    India has said that none of its soldiers were hurt in the top-secret operation, that was revealed hours after it had ended by the army. No details of the individual citations of the soldiers have been released. Three officers and two jawans have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime decoration.


    Two Colonels who may have been involved in planning the operations but were not physically deployed have been awarded the Yudh Sewa Medal for distinguished wartime service. 14 others have been awarded the Sena medal for individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty or courage which has special significance for the Army. One of these soldiers, of 9 Para has received a Sena Medal earlier as well.

    Details of the surgical strikes have been kept totally classified. How many soldiers took part has not been publicly shared. Army sources said that the soldiers trekked upto two km into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. They returned before dawn, after killing dozens of terrorists who were planning strikes in major Indian metros.



    The announcement of a surprise raid marked a rare public disclosure by India of a military operation across the de factor border in Jammu and Kashmir. The army has said it has video and photos of the surgical strikes, but does not want to share either publicly.

    They came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that the deadly terror attack on an army base in Uri in Kashmir, which left 19 people dead, would not go unpunished.

    Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, then the army's director general of military operations (DGMO), said the strikes were based on "specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves ... with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes". He said he had called his Pakistani counterpart to inform him of the operation. The government later briefed opposition parties, which backed the mission.

    Seven terrorist launch pads were reportedly targeted before the troops returned around 4.30 am. Each terrorist launch pad had 30 to 40 terrorists, said sources, and the army said there were "massive casualties". A combination of ground forces and para commandos were involved.





    I'm not sure we should have revealed any names here....the identities of Paras usually are kept confidential


    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/22-soldiers-get-bravery-awards-for-surgical-strikes-across-line-of-control-1652720?pfrom=home-lateststories


    (man I know what Pak members will say now.....:) )
     
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  2. defc0n

    defc0n FULL MEMBER

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    I really don't like their names being made public.
    This should have stayed a secret!
     
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    It does not affect them at all.
     
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    defc0n FULL MEMBER

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    Still, should have stayed a secret IMHO.
     
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    There is an alternative view that I have - why? Why not publicly laud them and make them into heroes? Every army needs heroes, heroes are made. Let us create them, to inspire others.

    Similarly, as the Indian Armed Forces expand their specialised troops' numbers, your general pool is quite a lot.

    Yes, for counter intelligence and intelligence (read covert operations across International Border) we should not make identities public, we have a pool for that too - the Special Group as also other officers and men derived or coopted from regular units and formations ..... and that, occurs. You will never hear of them or their achievements.
     
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    defc0n FULL MEMBER

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    That's definitely one way to look at it.
    The problem with that is the fact that there are elements within our own country who sympathises with Burhan Wani and alike.
    Not really comfortable with these people knowing the identities of our heroes.
    But yeah, I get your point and to some extent I agree with it as well!
     
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    Grevion Think Tank TROLL ELITE MEMBER

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    Are you gonna tell us more about the two surgical strikes or not??
     
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    The BrOkEn HeArT 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Is he "khufiya sutra"??
     
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    Grevion Think Tank TROLL ELITE MEMBER

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    He got friends....:wink:
     
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    You will know of it when it is declassified. Till then what is known is that the very next day of Uri attack there was a strike deep in occupied area wherein a terror camp was neutralised and significant casualties inflicted on both the terrorist and the responding PA troops. The location and timing is not known, casualties inflicted were around 25 +/- . That is all I am aware of.
     
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    Levina NONconformist Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Last year those involved in Myanmar attack were also awarded. It went unnoticed though.
     
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    nair Die hard Romeo Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Wait for a the day when a retired General In pakistan giving you the accounts of that so called cross border raid and what damage it caused to the psyche of PA......
     
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    Levina NONconformist Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Correction: Damage caused to their bloated EGO. Lol
     
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    nair Die hard Romeo Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Correction: "Damage caused to the bloated EGO of their supporters"...... Hope you get what i mean!!!!
     
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    Levina NONconformist Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Pakistan army's supporters ofcourse.
    Why are you so scared to name them here? Lolz
     
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