I am convinced that most of us have either heard or read about the much-talked-about surgical strike that the Indian Army had carried out against the Pakistani militants a couple of years ago. But how many of us really know any details about the operation? Nothing much except that the operation was conducted 15km inside Pakistan territory on September 2016 and that it was a retaliation to a militant attack on the army at Uri on the 18th of that month, which left 19 soldiers dead.
Well, while we have not been told much details about the operation till date, today, we came to learn some new things about the surgical strike that took place almost two years ago.
Former Nagrota Corps commander Lt Gen Rajendra Nimbhorkar on September 11 revealed that the army used leopard’s urine and faeces to scare off dogs while carrying out the surgical strike in which the Indian troops destroyed 3 pads and killed 29 terrorists. Speaking to the Times of India, Nimbhorkar said:
“While in the sector, we had experienced that leopards often attack dogs in the areas. To save themselves from the attack, dogs prefer to stay in the locality during the night.”
Explaining how the troops used leopard’s urine and faeces to avoid being attacked by dogs, the former commander said:
“While devising the operational strategy, we were aware of possible dogs barking and attacking while crossing villages on the route. To counter it, our troops carried leopards’ urine and faeces. They used to spray it outside the village. This worked well and the dogs left them alone.”
Saying that the army had maintained highest secrecy for the operation, the General said:
“Then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had told us to execute the operation in a week. I had discussed this with our troops a week in advance but didn’t reveal the exact location. They came to know about it a day prior to the attack.”
Explaining further on the execution, the Lt General said:
“We had identified the terrorists’ launch pads. We had studied their timings and got to know that 3.30 am was perfect to attack. Before that, our troops had to reach a safe location. They had successfully crossed difficult terrains and mine fields. They destroyed three pads and killed 29 terrorists.”
Lt General Nimbhorkar was awarded for his contribution to the strikes by the city-based Thorle Bajirao Peshwa Pratishthan. The award was given away by the former chief minister of Maharashtra Manohar Joshi.
Thank you, Lt General, for your contribution to the nation. Our salute to you.