It was in September 2016, the Indian army launched strikes against Pakistan-administred Kashmir along the Line of Control. The secret operation with strikes was carried out for 10 days and at least 19 Indian soldiers lost lives in the attack. This year, the country commemorates the day as it is the fifth anniversary of the Uri surgical strike.
To protect the glory and honor of mother India at any cost, Indian soldiers conducted the brave mission without caring about their own lives. Even now, the Media outlets noted that the details regarding the “attack” were still unclear. India’s announcement of the claimed raid on 29 September marked the first time that the government had publicly acknowledged its forces crossing the Line of Control amid doubts and disputes.
Uri Surgical Strike
1. On 18 September 2016, a fedayeen attack was made by four armed militants on an army base near the town of Uri. Nineteen Indian Army soldiers were killed in that attack. The infiltration and attack from the Pakistan side were continuing and after several similar fedayeen attacks in Gurdaspur and Pathankot, the Uri attack gave rise to a high degree of concern in India.
2. The strikes were conducted on the night of September 27-28 in 2016 after Pakistan-based terrorists launched an attack on the military base in Uri, Jammu, and Kashmir.
3. The strikes were carried out under the leadership of PM Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, and on the orders of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
4. The surgical strike was hailed by the people of the country as well as the armed forces. The defense minister Rajnath Singh said, “the strike gave a clear message to the world that we can kill terrorists on this side as well as by crossing the border if the need arises”.
5. On September 24, the army built its special forces squad having night-vision devices, Tavor 21 and AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, shoulder-fired missiles, pistols, high explosive grenades as well as plastic explosives.
6. Nearly 35-40 terrorists were killed in the Pakistan-occupied region of Kashmir. Meanwhile, one soldier lost his life in the battle.
7. After evacuating the civilians in the region and launchpads were neutralized with snipers before troops began their mission.
8. Two years later in 2018, the Union government decided to honor the bravery of the soldiers and marked September 28 as ‘Surgical Strike Day.