A report in the Quint published on Thursday claimed that the Indian Army conducted a cross border operation across the LoC on the intervening night of September 20 and 21.
The report claimed that two units composed of 18-20 soldiers Indian Army special forces 2 Para flew with helicopters across the LoC into Pakistan.
There the soldiers killed at least 20 terrorists in three different terror camps. The report went so far as to claim that the casualty could be as high as 200.
The report was sensational and attracted considerable attention on social media, where its veracity came under question.
The Indian Army openly declares the details about their clandestine operations to The Quint with such candidness,… https://t.co/z0GHHXBinS
— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) September 21, 2016
Not yet but circumstantial evidence from last night points to some action across LoC in PoK–no-fly zone, cancelled PIA fights, etc https://t.co/lUMFvTl0EU
— Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) September 21, 2016
@abhijitmajumder Wish it were true too, Sir. But India has to be cold/calculated here. This wishful nonsense harms us. Dangerous to our men.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) September 21, 2016
While the commentators focused on the danger such a revelation puts our armed forces in, Minhaz Merchant added this:
India striking back at Pak terrorists in PoK doesn’t suit the narrative of Lutyens’ subverted media https://t.co/W2X5xIPPrU
— Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) September 22, 2016
Following the response, Quint posted this on Twitter in which they claimed that their sources have reconfirmed what they have published and that they stand by their story:
Sources reconfirm: Special Forces crossed LoC & killed 20 terrorists during the intervening hours of 20 and 21 Septhttps://t.co/KBU2Dz2wMK
— The Quint (@TheQuint) September 22, 2016
But this “stand by” was not received well, too:
Standing by story means zilch.
No official comment ever on covert ops.
Story endangers real ops / our troops on ground.
Alerts Pak. https://t.co/XFVNgoYpwe
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) September 22, 2016
Again, doubts were raised on the veracity of the story.
— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) September 22, 2016
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 22, 2016
The Times of India published a report stating that their sources in the Army denied the report in the Quint.
Whatever be the versions, this guy just nailed it!
Indian TV news: we must go to war with Pakistan.
Defence experts: we just can’t.
ToI: we are winning.
Quint: we have won.
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) September 22, 2016