Members of the Army’s crack commandos, who carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) are likely to fly down to the national capital in the coming days and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to personally congratulate the team.  Sources have told media that the troops are likely to be invited to New Delhi, in the coming days as per the schedule and availability of Modi, who has closely monitored the entire operation from conceptualisation to the public announcement by the Director General of Military Operations on September 23.

The prime minister has so far maintained silence on the surgical strikes.  He had also quietly met soldiers of the 21 Para Special Forces last year, days after they executed cross-border operations in Myanmar to take down militant training camps.  Close to 50 troops had crossed into Myanmar to target insurgent camps after an Army convoy was targeted in Chandel, killing 18 troops.  Close to 150 troops from three Para Special Forces units took part in the cross Line of Control (LoC) operations last week that inflicted heavy casualties on seven terror launch pads protected by the Pakistani military.

These troops, many of them decorated for continuous operations in J&K, belong to the 1, 4 and 9 Para Special Forces and were specially chosen and trained for the surgical strikes. The operation, which was planned at least a week in advance, was carried out with such precision and stealth that none of the team came under direct fire.  The only injury received by the teams that carried out the operation was to one soldier, lightly wounded after he stepped on a mine, while exfiltrating from PoK.  The commandos were congratulated by Army Chief Dalbir Singh who visited the Northern Command on Saturday.

They are brave! They are fit and strong! They love India and show no mercy to people who think about destroying India. India is proud of its Para Commandos! The para commandos of the 4th and 9th battalions, who carried out the surgical strikes in Pakistan territory on and destroyed terror camps operating from there, are a part of the Parachute Regiment of Indian Army.  Army, Navy and air force have their own Para Commandos .All three wings of the armed forces have their own commando units, trained specially for operations involving direct action.

These commandos handle operations like hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency, seek and destroy and personnel recovery. Indian Army has the Parachute Regiment, popularly called the para commandos.  The Parachute Regiment was raised in 1945 but was disbanded after the World War II.  It was re-raised in 1952 and is made up of seven Special Forces, six airborne, two Territorial Army and one counter-insurgency (Rashtriya Rifles) battalions.

These commandos have played significant roles in special combat, ranging from the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, Operation Bluestar, Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka and in several anti-terror operations. During Operation Bluestar, commandos of 1 Para (SF) were tasked to lead the attack on the Golden Temple for evicting Sikh militants hold up there. They were a part of the India Peace-Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and were also involved in Operation Cactus in Maldives.

In 1999, nine Parachute regiment battalions were deployed for Operation Vijay in Kargil and played a significant role in the conflict. The para commandos have also been involved in several counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states. They have also been involved in United Nations’ peacekeeping operations, including those in Korea (1950-54), Gaza (1956-58) and UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone (2000).


(courtesy economic times)

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