National Surgical Strike Day: Celebrating Two years of the Surgical Strike

In the wee hours of 26th September 2016, the terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir across the Line of Control (LoC) witnessed a deadly surgical strike by the Indian Army which was one of its kind and was conducted to avenge the attack of Uri and was reported as "the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades. 


At around 5:30 a.m. on 18 September, four militants attacked an Indian Army brigade headquarters in Uri, near the Line of Control in a pre-dawn ambush. They were said to have lobbed 17 grenades in three minutes. As a rear administrative base camp with tents caught fire, 17 army personnel were killed during the attack. An additional 19-30 soldiers were reported to have been injured. A gun battle ensued lasting six hours, during which all the four militants were killed. Combing operations continued to flush out additional terrorists thought to be alive.

Most of the soldiers killed were from the 10th battalion, Dogra Regiment (10 Dogra) and 6th battalion, Bihar Regiment (6 Bihar). One of the injured soldiers succumbed to his injuries on 19 September at R&R Hospital in New Delhi, followed by another soldier on 24 September, bringing the death toll to 19.

The casualties were primarily believed to have occurred as a result of non-fire retardant transition tents. This was the time of a troops shift, whereby troops from 6 Bihar were replacing troops from 10 Dogra. The incoming troops were housed in tents, which are normally avoided in sensitive areas around the LOC like Uri. The attackers sneaked into the camp breaching heavy security and seemed to know exactly where to strike. Seven of the personnel killed were support staff, including cooks and barbers.


On 29 September, eleven days after the Uri attack, the Indian army reported it conducted surgical strikes against suspected militants in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), said that it had received "very credible and specific information" about "terrorist teams" who were preparing to "carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states". The Indian action was meant to pre-empt their infiltration. the Indian Army executed surgical strikes across LoC, attacking terror hubs in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Later, The Army announced that 38 terrorists and 2 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the strikes, though the Indian Army faced no casualties.


Today on the Second anniversary of the strikes, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, arrived in Jodhpur today to attend the Combined Commanders Conference. 

He inspected a tri-services guard of honour on arrival at the Air Force Station in Jodhpur. 

He paid homage to martyrs at Konark War Memorial. In the visitor's book, the Prime Minister wrote that the country is proud of the Armed Forces who are dedicated and committed to protecting the Motherland. He also recalled and paid homage to the braves who have made the supreme sacrifice, and are symbols of inspiration, for generations. 

At Konark Stadium, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Parakram Parv. He witnessed an exhibition set up on this occasion. 

Konark Corps is organizing this three days exhibition on Indian Army’s Combat Capability on the occasion of the second anniversary of Surgical Strikes. Mr Modi observed military weapons and equipment displayed at the exhibition.

Surrounded by hostile neighbours, India has fought numerous wars to protect its sovereignty and a deterrent to any future hostility, it has one of most well-armed, trained and disciplined military force in the world which makes the Indian Army stand among one of the top lethal forces all over the globe. Indian military might packs a mean punch and this surgical strike proved that the Indian forces are capable of striking fear in the heart and soul of the enemy and that SACRIFICE IS THE ULTIMATE DHARMA. This strike has embarked the beginning of new India, This India will invade in the enemy's house and hurt them where it hurts. 


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