DGMO says no records of any previous 'surgical strike' by Indian Army

The Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Army does not have records of any 'surgical strike' conducted before 29 September, 2016.

PTI August 27, 2017 16:22:11 IST
DGMO says no records of any previous 'surgical strike' by Indian Army

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Army does not have records of any "surgical strike" conducted before 29 September, 2016.

DGMO says no records of any previous surgical strike by Indian Army

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Responding to an RTI application filed by PTI, the DGMO at the integrated headquarters of the defence ministry said a "surgical strike" was carried out on 29 September, 2016.

"This section does not maintain records of any other surgical strikes, if any conducted earlier," the reply said.

It said a statement on this was issued by the DGMO at a press conference.

The RTI application with the defence ministry also sought the definition of the term "surgical strikes" in the records of Indian Army.

The DGMO replied, "As per the information available in 'open source' the definition of 'surgical strike' is '...an operation which is planned based on specific intelligence, on a legitimate military target for maximum effect and with minimum or no collateral damage. It involves deliberate insertion to target area, precise execution and swift extrication of the body of troops back to the base'."

The application asked the defence ministry if the "surgical strike" mentioned in a DGMO statement of 29 September, 2016, was the first ever in the history of the Indian Army.

It also wanted to know if the Army had carried out a "surgical strike" between 2004 and 2014.

The ministry transferred the application to the Integrated Headquarters (Army) which sought information from the DGMO.

The DGMO provided the responses which were forwarded to the petitioner by the IHQ (Army).

The Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) was severely hit in the cross-LoC surgical strikes on terror launch pads carried out by the Indian Army with assessment reports of radio intercepts indicating that around 20 of its militants were killed.

In a well calibrated operation, on the intervening night of 28-29 September, the Indian Army moved across the LoC and smashed four launch pads that were under the guard of a Pakistani post located 700 metres from the LoC.

"Based on receiving specific and credible inputs that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists," the DGMO had said in a statement after the strike.

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