Exactly four years ago on September 28, 2016; the Indian Army conducted its first surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to the Uri attack, in which 19 army soldiers lost their lives.
Recalling the strike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Four years ago, around this time, the world witnessed the courage, bravery and valiance of our soldiers during the surgical strike. Our brave soldiers had just one mission and one goal – to protect at all costs, the glory and honour of Mother India.”
Withouthing thinking about their own safety, Indian soldiers marched forward on their path of duty and we all witnessed how they came out victorious. They enhanced Mother India’s pride, Modi said during the 69th episode of Mann ki Baat on September 27.
Here is a recap of how the Indian Army destroyed terror camps in retaliation to Uri attack:
> Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours on September 18, 2016, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel. The attack was dubbed as the deadliest attack on the Indian Army in at least two decades.
> The attack took place barely a few metres away from the Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri town and went on to be known as the Uri attack.
> On 19 September, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief of the Army Staff Dalbir Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other officials of the Home and Defence ministries met to review the security situation in Kashmir, particularly in areas along the Line of Control.
> Eleven days after the Uri attack, special forces of the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29, 2016.