A group of Islamists terrorists hijacked SP Salwinder Singh’s vehicle to pursue an attack on the Pathankot Air Force Station, Punjab on 1 January, 2016. The Pathankot attack shook that nation on New Year’s Day. Apparently, Prime Minister Modi’s Pakistan visit did not go down well with the ISI.

Singh was on his way to the Gurudwara and thus, unarmed. The terrorists took him to be a common man threw him out of the car. On gaining consciousness, he reported the police who apparently did not pay attention.

On 2 January, the terrorists break into the Air Force Base at 3:30 am. Gunbattle and copters attack kill four terrorists. An IAF commando and a jawan were martyred, following which the Home Minister declared the operation a successBut it was not over!

On January 3, Lt. Col. Niranjan Kumar of NSG, lost his life in an explosion. An Improvised Explosive Device blew of killing Kumar and injuring five others while they were inspecting the body of a terrorist.

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At 12:20 pm, firing restarted, indicating that there were terrorists still at large and the OPERATION WAS NOT OVER. Eventually, the security forces eliminated all the SIX terrorists. You have read this all by now but let us give you the ‘real deal’.

Prior Intelligence

According to sources, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has intelligence information about the attack on January 1. At this time, the terrorists had only entered India and not launched the attack.

Border smuggling

The terrorists had about 6 kg of RDX each and several other ammunitions on them, which was to last for around 4-5 days. This would not be impossible to carry across the border which indicates that the ammunitions and RDX were smuggled in India way before January 1.

Poor Planning?

The forces involved in the operation were NSG, DSC and the Garuda Special Forces. What you should know is that the Pathankot area has Army troops of 50,000 out of which 50-60 were involved. Instead, 150 NSG soldiers including Lt. Col, Kumar were chosen. They were unknown to the Pathankot territory and suffered irreversible losses.

Irresponsibility?

The operation extended up to 48 HOURS after the heads announced that it was over. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “I see some gaps in the operations, but I don’t think we compromised on security.”

 

It took FOUR days and the lives of SEVEN Indian soldiers to END the operation. Did India really learn a lesson from the Mumbai attacks? Are the lives of our soldiers so easy to give away?

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The PATHANKOT MARTYRS: (Clockwise from the top) Sepoy Jagdish Chandra, Sepoy Sanjeevan Singh, Havildar Kulwant Singh, Subedar Fateh Singh, Corporal Gursevak Singh and Lt Colonel Niranjan Kumar. Currently, we have no information on Sepoy Mohit Chand. We look forward to our readers and will be pleased if anyone could provide us a lead on him.

Read BBC’s report here, where defence analyst Rahul Bedi discusses the Pathankot Operation.

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