New Delhi, June 29: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati slammed BJP for releasing video of Surgical Strike operation carried out by the Army and said that it is an attempt of the government to distract people from their failures before 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. She also questioned, “If they did it with intention of showing proof, then why did they not release the video when the strike was carried out?” Also Read - From West to East: Maharashtra’s Ruling Shiv Sena to Contest West Bengal Polls This Year
A video of the operation was aired by the Zee News channel on Wednesday. The video, purportedly shot by head-mounted night-vision cameras of the paratroopers from Special Forces who carried out the strikes in PoK, shows how they specifically picked the targets and bombarded them with grenades and high-tech guns with the aim of not leaving any survivor. Also Read - Tripura Congress Chief's Car Attacked Allegedly by BJP Workers, Party Calls For Strike
In the video, it can be seen how commandos, acting on specific information about the location of terrorists, targeted and neutralised them. It also shows how Army took aim of terror launch pads and destroyed them with grenades and rocket launchers.
The video came as a befitting reply to those who questioned the legitimacy of the surgical strikes, which lamentably included several opposition parties and a specific quarter of media.
Nearly 10 days after militants attacked the Army base camp in Uri that left 18 jawans dead on September 18, 2016, India carried out surgical strikes in PoK, killing around 40 terrorists and seven terror launch pads. The paratroopers of the Special Force were airdropped at the LoC, from where they crossed over to the Pakistani side at around 12:30 am on September 29. Indian soldiers had entered up to three kilometres across the LoC to conduct the strikes.
Following the conclusion of the operation in around four hours, India shared the details of the surgical strikes with the Pakistani Army in the wake of “very specific information” that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launchpads along the LoC.