On 9th June, 2015 India carried out its first surgical strike in Myanmar, this was the clear message by Indian Government to all militant group that in future Indian army will not hesitate to go beyond the boundaries to eliminate terrorism. As the pre-dawn cross-border operation appeared to signal a possible change in India’s counter-terrorism approach, the Government also said it has “zero tolerance” towards terror and terror organizations.
As per media reports, planning for the massive Indian Army operation against militants that saw surgical strikes inside Myanmar, began about five days ago. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Sushma Swaraj played a critical role in setting the stage for Tuesday’s cross-border strikes deep inside Myanmar by securing permission. The rare bold move was supervised at the highest political and security levels with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Defence Minister Manohar Parriokar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag tracking the operation.
As per sources, the operation was guided by “specific and precise” intelligence input. The operation began at 3 a.m. on Tuesday 9th June, 2015 when the men were airdropped and the actual neutralization of the insurgent camps took about 45 minutes. The troops were inserted by ALH helicopters and provided aerial support by gunship helicopters of the Indian Air Force.
According to latest reports, it killed 22 to 50 militants when the special forces hit two militant camps. Several more were believed to have been injured in the strike. Elite commandos of the army in coordination with the air force went a few kilometres inside Myanmarese territory to destroy two camps of insurgents hiding there after their attacks in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh last week by suspected Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) NSCN(K) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) outfits.
The Indian Army has carried out several small operations but Tuesday’s covert operation is clear declaration of India’s new-found readiness to pre-emptive action when it comes to dealing with terror threats.