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Many Strikes Took Place Before Modi Govt: Military Veterans Slam Modi

Two earlier reports which corroborate the claim that multiple cross border strikes took place in the past, have now gone viral on social media.

After the Congress party released on May 2 a detailed list of six surgical strikes carried out between 2008 and 2014 under the UPA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly compared them to a “video game” while addressing a political rally in Rajasthan.

The remark has invited much condemnation, and many former servicemen have pointed out that cross border operations were not that uncommon, and that the previous governments did not jump to take credit for the same.

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Two earlier reports that corroborate the claims of multiple cross border strikes having taken place in the past,  have now gone viral on social media.

April 2000 Operation —“reverse Kargil” on a small scale

Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag wrote in The Print earlier this year about a post-Kargil operation that he was part of. “Five months after the Kargil War, I had taken over the Batalik-Yaldor-Chorbatla Sector most of which had been occupied for the first time since 1947. LoC was marked on a small scale map with a thick pen after the Shimla Agreement. There was ample scope for securing tactical features on and across the LoC. There were four such features in my area, and one of them also offered an opportunity to do a “reverse Kargil” on a small scale. Let me describe this operation – I have mentioned it in one of my earlier columns – as it took place on 7/8 April 2000,” he wrote.

The army successfully captured Point 5310, two kilometres across the LoC, one soldier was killed in action.

Another operation was planned for September 2001 however, was called at the last minute due to the 9/11 terrorist attack in the USA following which Pakistan had become a base for the American operations in Afghanistan.

‘Operation Ginger’ in 2011

The first is a 2016 exclusive report in The Hindu  which revealed that in 2011, the Indian Army had carried out a raid on Pakistani posts. The raids, named ‘Operation Ginger’, were carried out in retaliation of the Pakistan Army attacking an Indian post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara and beheading two Indian soldiers.

The operation had lasted 45 minutes, and the Indian team left the area by 7.45 a.m. to head back across the LoC. The first team reached an Indian army post at 12 noon and the last party by 2.30 p.m.. They had been inside enemy territory for about 48 hours, including for reconnaissance. At least eight Pakistani troops had been killed and another two or three more Pakistani soldiers may have been fatally injured in the action. Three Pakistani heads — of Subedar Parvez, Havildar Aftab and Naik Imran — three AK 47 rifles and other weapons were among the trophies carried back by the Indian soldiers,The Hindu had reported.

Major General (retired) S.K. Chakravorty, who had planned and executed the operation as the chief of Kupwara-based 28 Division, also confirmed the operation to the newspaper.

“Video Game” remark an insult, PM Modi must apologise to the Army

Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit out at PM Modi for the video game remark, demanding that he apologise to the Indian Army.

Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of taking credit for the Army’s actions and ignoring key issues such as unemployment and agrarian distress, Gandhi said, “Modi thinks the Army, Navy and Air Force are his personal property.”

Referring to the six surgical strikes the Congress had listed as carried out under the UPA rule, he said those were not conducted by his party, but by the Army.

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“When he (Modi) says the Indian Army’s surgical strikes were video games, he does not insult the Congress, but the Indian Army.

“The Army had done this (surgical strikes). It is their job. We do not politicise the Army. It is the Indian Army, not a particular person’s Army. The prime minister should have that much of respect and not insult the Army,” the Congress chief said.

He said the Army was doing its job for 70 years and had won every battle.

“It is a terrific record. What does Modi have to do with it as it is the Army’s job. Modi should tell the country what is he doing for the youth, what is he going to do for farmers, for women,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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