Taking Out Trouble
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In response to the June 4 ambush - the deadliest in two decades - by the militants on an Army convoy killing 18 soldiers in the Chandel district of Manipur, the para commando wing of the Indian Army has killed several militants in two different camps in neighbouring Myanmar.
This was a covert operation and the groundwork for this attack was laid by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval who did not accompany Prime Minister Modi in his Bangladesh tour and camped in Manipur instead. Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhaag, also called off his proposed visit to the United Kingdom. The duo then visited Myanmar to gauge the conditions at the ground level.
All this while the Myanmar Government was kept in the loop, and minutes before the Indian army embarked on its operation a communiqué was sent to the local army.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the minister of state for information and broadcasting, later announced that this operation was ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "This is a message to neighbours who harbour terrorists," Rathore said. Also the Prime Minister’s Office monitored the developments as they unfolded.
The operation began at 3 pm on Tuesday, and with the help of Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force, the para commandos bombed and struck down two militant camps in the area, which held around 150 militants who were heavily armed. According to reports the intensive operation carried on till the afternoon, in which about 50-100 militants were killed, and the rest managed to escape.
This pro-active reply by the Indian Army is being viewed as a definite change in stance, and the message that the terrorists will get a fitting reply for attacking Indians not only in the country but anywhere else in the world.
What is even more enterprising is that no casualties have been incurred by the Indian Army. This has also to do with the deal between India and Myanmar that allow troops to enter each other's territory in search of terrorists, but with the consent of the respective governments.
A statement which was released after the operation mentioned the trust and cooperation that exists on either side. "There is a history of close cooperation between our two militaries. We look forward to working with them to combat such terrorism," read the statement.