With the much hype around the recent surgical strikes launched by the Indian armed forces, there has been a lot of discussion on this kind of covert operations. However, our jawans have conducted a lot of such high intensity operations in the past. Here are 6 reasons to be proud of our Indian Army:
1. East Pakistan
The Indian Army went on to get closely collaborated with Mukti Bahini to incorporate the air defense, ground support, and logistics missions flown by the Indian Air Force and the Bangladesh Air Force in support of the advancing Mukti Bahini in the eastern theater of the Indo-Pakistani conflict of 1971. This was also called Operation Cactus Lily. This unit had launched attacks on targets in Bangladesh on 3 December 1971, prior to the start of formal combat between India and Pakistan. The operation has not been officially acknowledged.
The Special Forces from the Indian Army and the Ghatak platoons of the infantry regularly conduct tactical operations across the Line of Control in Kashmir, causing small-scale damages and sending a strong point across. Ghatak Platoons or Ghatak Commandos are a special operations capable infantry platoon. There is one platoon in every infantry battalion in the Indian Army now. Every soldier undergoes intense training and is equipped with advanced weaponry.
Operation All Clear was another covert operation which was launched inside Bhutan in December 2003 to eliminate Northeastern militant groups from Bhutan. Although, this operation was acknowledged by the government and accepted. Almost 30 militant camps like ULFA, NDFB and KLO hideouts were targeted which eventually lead to the ‘neutralization’ of 650 militants.
4. Myanmar (April – May 1995)
India and Myanmar (then Burma),together, carried out a joint military operation to block around 200 NSCN, ULFA and KLO militants moving through the Myanmar – Mizoram border towards Manipur after picking up an arms consignment from Bangladesh. This was called the Operation Golden Bird, which occurred in April–May 1995. The operation was initiated by the 57th Mountain Division of the Indian Army , which tracked down and decapitated a rebel column that had picked up a huge consignment of weapons at the Wyakaung beach (on the Myanmar-Bangladesh coast south of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh), and was moving that through the jungles of Mizoram, Northeast India.
5. Myanmar (January 2006)
In January 2006, India and Myanmar are believed to have conducted some small-scale joint military operations inside Myanmar to flush out militants from NSCN (Khaplang) group. This was supposedly done in exchange of transfer of some military equipment to Myanmar Army by India, following high-level visits by the Indian President, Defence Minister and Air Force chief to Myanmar.
6. Myanmar (June 2015)
On 4th June 2015, NSCN-K ambushed an Indian Army convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment in Chandel district of Manipur and killed 18 Army jawans. On 10th June India conducted “surgical strikes” against terrorist camps along the Indo-Myanmar international border, and inflicted significant casualties. Indian media reported the casualty figure is up to 158.