As India is about to mark its first anniversary of the surgical strikes against Pakistan, there were various aspects that are concealed as they have the tendency to remain confidential. In order to make the strikes successful and lethal all in go without any casualties, the army made sure that they successfully planted a panic of fear in within the Pakistan soldiers by giving them a befitting reply. The killing of 18 jawans was fresh in their minds and Indian soldiers made sure that they avenge the deaths in a precise manner without any casualties on their side.

Here’s Newsx brings you the untold story from our brave soldiers who played the all-important role in conducting the surgical strikes and how they remained low-key throughout the special programme.

CLOTHES, FOOD, WEAPONS

During the operation the surgical strike team had a special uniform that they donned only during special programmes. To keep it casual they were earing full sleeve t shirt with normal trousers so that they blend in with the local forces and don’t stick out; so that no one finds out there are Special Forces here which would mean losing out their surprise element.

They had a sustenance plan for this operation, As per that, for the first 24 hours someone carried out fresh food and for the rest of the time, they had carried energy bars and energy drinks. Like for instance, lots of chocolates and lots of energy protein bars. They were carrying such items so they don’t weigh them down or make a lot of noise. Their food wasn’t something that can be used as a part of a daily routine. The specialised rations that was there, they carried them, especially energy drinks and energy bars.

For this operation, the army prepared for four days’ worth of ration and everyone carried about 5-6 litres of water along with them. It was winter, so the consumption of water was low. On the first day, they already had done lunch and dinner. While for the next day they carried fresh puri and sabji (perishable items) with them. For the next day, they carried dry fruits etc.

Everyone was equally carrying approximately 30 to 35 kgs., which included arms, ammunition, personal belongings and rations.

 In their squad, The Indian Army  carried their particular squad weapons and personal weapons. So the ammunition for every weapon that was required for this operation,  all that ammunition, be it magazines or grenades or rounds for our rocket launchers…every individual carried these in their individual rucksacks.

They even had personal weapons, which include assault rifles, along with squad weapons which include machine guns and rocket launchers.

COMMUNICATION

The Indian Army had internal communication, and through that they made base communication. If they needed something, they made contact with the base, and the latter had contacts with the other team.

UAV

The UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) were monitored at the higher headquarters level. The on-ground troops, had vague knowledge of it but they knew that the highest headquarter was monitoring it.

As soon as they saw the UAV flying above them, they informed the team commander. Because they didn’t  knew if it belongs to Pakistan’s or the Indian Army. Then the team commander told them that it’s theirs. The Army had taken cover when they saw it until their team commander assured them that it belonged to them. Like If a UAV is flying at 30-35,000 feet, they knew from the sound alone that around 2-3 UAVs were flying. Albiet It was a dense forest, so the UAV wasn’t able to detect much. It can detect in open patches. They’ve crawled and covered the open patches, because there were Pakistani villages around and they’d be able to see.  The detailed knowledge of this was with the higher headquarters and they, I think, used it to monitor or for videography. But the soldiers knew their own role, as to what they had to do tactically on ground.

First Published | 28 September 2017 8:35 PM
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