1 year of Surgical Strike: It was result of 15 months planning

New Delhi, Sep 29: It is going to be one year of Surgical Strikes of India in September 2016 on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir over Pakistan.The reason behind the strike was to turn off the tap of infiltration at its root in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) rather than wait for terrorists to cross-over amidst a steady stream of terrorists trying to infiltrate.

The planning for the September 2016 surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir started in June 2015 after the NSCN-K ambushed an army convoy in Manipur.

Recapping events that led to the surgical strike in September last year, former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said that he felt "insulted" when he heard about the June 4, 2015 incident in which 18 jawans were killed.

"The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015....We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis," he had said.

The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate "firing units" of Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later.

It was thanks to the Swathi Radar that 40 firing units of Pakistani Army were destroyed, he added.

Disclosing that the surgical strikes against PoK militants were planned 15 months in advance after the Manipur killings, he said, "I felt insulted....A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border)." 

"It was a very successful strike," he said. On the Army's side, the only injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier's leg.

Contrary to some reports, no helicopters were used. "I had placed helicopters (on stand-by) only in case of emergency evacuation," he said.

News24Bureau with Agencies