New Delhi: Two days after the Indian Army, in coordination with the Air Force, carried out a surgical strike inside Myanmar, killing nearly 20 insurgents, the central government on Thursday sounded high security alert across northeast after reports emerged that NSCN-K militants have entered the country for revenge attack.
In the first such cross-border operation, commandos of the Army on Tuesday engaged two separate groups of militants along the Indo-Myanmar border, inflicting significant casualties on them.
The action came days after a militant ambush in Manipur led to the death of 18 Army personnel and injured 11 others.
The ambush, which was one of the most deadly attacks in the region in recent years, occurred at around 8.30 am on June 4, when the Army’s convoy was travelling between Paralong and Charong villages.
The Central government later handed over the probe into the attacks to the National Investigation Agency.
How did the entire operation of Indian Army unfold?
The entire operation was planned meticulously days in advance with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag camping in Manipur and monitoring the preparation of the blueprint at the minuscule level.
In fact, NSA Doval did not even accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh during his recent visit and instead focussed his energies on planning the surgical operation – the first of its kind conducted by the Indian armed forces.
The Army Chief is also believed to have postponed his UK visit for the operation.
Also, the ‘hot pursuit’ had full backing from the Prime Minister who wanted to send out a strong message.
The surgical operation began early Tuesday morning at around 3 am.
Specifically-trained Para commandos of the Indian Army were inserted into the Myanmar territory with the help of IAF choppers at two separate locations along the Manipur and Nagaland borders. The commandos then trekked towards the militant camps to retain the element of surprise.
The commandos engaged two separate groups of insurgents – some of them believed to be part of the militant group that attacked soldiers of the 6 Dogra Regiment in Manipur’s Chandel last week.
The entire operation that involved heavy exchange of fire lasted for about 45 minutes and officially, 15 to 20 militants were killed in the operation.
However, sources put the toll at 30 and there is even speculation that over 100 militants could have been killed as some 150 were believed to be present at the two camps when the strikes began.
There was no casualty on the Indian side and all the commandoes returned to the Indian side of border safely.