New Delhi: The Indian troops carried leopard’s urine and faeces with them while launching the surgical strikes into Pakistan, informed former Nagrota Corps commander Lt Gen Rajendra Nimborkar on Tuesday. The move helped them in keeping barking dogs away from them during the operation. Also Read - Surgical Strike Day: Fours Years on, Take a Look Back at How Indian Army Destroyed Terror Camps in Uri

“There was a possibility of dogs in villages barking at us on the route. I knew they are scared of leopards. We carried leopard urine with us and that worked  and dogs didn’t dare to come forward,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - With no Respite at India-China Border, Indian Army Gets Combat Ready For Long Winters in Ladakh

Nimborkar was on Tuesday awarded by the Pune-based Thorle Bajirao Peshwe Pratishthan for his contribution to the strikes.

Earlier in June, a video of the surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) was aired on TV channels.

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.

On the other hand, Lt General (Retd) DS Hooda who oversaw the 2016 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan claimed asserted that if India wants to send another strong message to Pakistan, we can definitely do it (surgical strikes) again. He added that the decision to carry out surgical strikes in 2016 came from the Centre and the military agreed with it.

“Decision finally came from political leadership but military was in agreement that we needed to do something. If we want to send another strong response to Pak in the future we can definitely do it again,” he had said earlier in June.