New Delhi (PTI): 38 Northeast insurgents were killed and seven others injured, as per the latest reports about the surgical strike carried out by the Indian army’s special forces deep inside Myanmar yesterday.
The plan for the first of its kind operation was chalked out hours after insurgents killed 18 soldiers in an ambush in Chandel area of Manipur on June 4 and got the clearance from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the night of June 7, soon after his return from Bangladesh, said sources privy of the details.
At a meeting on June 4, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and others, it was initially suggested that the attack on militants camp should be carried out the very next day, the sources said here today.
However, the Army Chief expressed his inability to carry out the strike at such a short notice.
Since a “hot-pursuit” normally is carried out within 72 hours, it was decided that the strike has to be executed as early as possible.
Then, the top security establishment decided that the attack would be carried out on Monday and General Suhag was asked to make all the preparations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed about the decision, the sources said.
The meeting explored the options of air strike using Sukhoi and MiG-29 fighters as well as ground strike by special forces of the army.
However, this option was ruled out since the possibility of colatoral damage was high in an air strike.
When the attack was finalised, the Prime Minister was in Bangladesh and there was a necessity to brief him all aspects of the operation. So, the strike was again delayed by a day and finalised for early Tuesday morning.
The Prime Minister was briefed about the operation after his arrival from Bangladesh on Sunday night and got his final clearance.
Meanwhile, the Army Chief undertook a visit to Manipur.
During the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, the special forces personnel were airdropped deep inside the Myanmar territory, closer to the camps of the militants, and the strike started at 3 O’clock yesterday.
Sources said as of now, as per the ground reports, 38 militants were killed and seven others were injured in the strike.
Myanmar operation product of Modi-Doval doctrine
New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) The Indian offensive against militants along the Indo-Myanmar border is a reflection of the “Modi-Doval” doctrine on counter terrorism, which focuses on defensive, as well as offensive response to insurgency, said sources.
However, it is too early to celebrate, they added.
“But the doctrine of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is working well,” an official close to the security establishment told IANS.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who was a part of the think tank Vivekananda Foundation before taking up his current post, in one of his lectures had listed three modes of engaging the enemy – defensive, offensive-defensive and offensive.
“We engage the enemy in three modes. One is the defensive mode… If some one comes here, we will defend this. One is offensive defence… if someone comes here we will go to the place from where the offence is coming… the third is the offensive mode where you go outrightly,” Doval had said in the lecture.
The official said that Tuesday’s operation was a reflection of the defensive-offensive mode.
When asked if a similar approach will be used on the western border of India, the official said the situation on both sides is different.
“Defence and security strategy is something that evolves after one thinks through all the consequences of action or inaction; hence any premature celebration over the Myanmar swatting of terror groups would not only be wrong, but foolish,” said the official.
“We need to be clear that dealing with terrorists in Myanmar is different from dealing with the likes of the Lashkar-e-Taiba which has the active backing of the Pakistani army and the ISI,” the official said.
“What worked in Myanmar will not work on our western borders against jihadi groups. For that, we need covert guerrilla action, not direct attacks,” the official added.
India launched attacks at two points along the Indo-Myanmar border on Tuesday, killing several militants involved in attacks on security forces.
The attack was a response to the June 4 attack on a convoy of the Indian Army in which 18 soldiers of 6 Dogra regiment were killed.
Additional Director General, Military Operations, Maj. Gen. Ranbir Singh had said on Tuesday that authorities on the Myanmar side were taken into confidence.