September 29,2016 marked a great importance in the history of India when 22 Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Control to strike terrorists staging areas. It really need lots of guts to perform such activity and these soldiers did it efficiently and so it been announced that all those 22 soldiers will be awarded with the country’s top gallantry awards. The honorees belong to the elite 4 Para and 9 Para Special Forces Regiment.
Major Rohit Suri from 4 Para has been awarded with the Kirti Chakra which is the second-highest peacetime decoration. As per the statement of Indian Army none of these soldiers were hurt in that top-secret operation. No minutiae of the individual citations of the soldiers have came into the lime light. Three officers and two jawans are been awarded with the third highest peacetime decoration, the Shaurya Chakra.
As per the names Colonel Harpreet Sandhu and Colonel Kapil Yadav who were involved in designing the operations but were not physically present in the operation will been awarded the Yudh Sewa Medal for eminent wartime service. Apart from that 14 others have been awarded with the Sena medal for individual performances of excellent dedication to duty or bravery which has special significance for the Indian Army. One of these 22 soldiers named Havaldar Anil Kumar from 9 Para has received the Sena Medal earlier.
The details related with the surgical strikes have been kept entirely confidential. How many soldiers were associated in this task was not shared publicly. As per the Army sources the soldiers associated in this mission trekked upto two km into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. They came back before dawn, after killing all the terrorists present at that place, who were planning to attack in Indian Metros.
The Army said that they have the videos and photos of the surgical strike, but don’t want to share it publicly. This mission took place when deadly terror attacked on an army base in Uri in Kashmir where 19 people were left dead and Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that this attack will not go unpunished.