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Army chief Bipin Rawat warns of another surgical strike if needed

India carried out surgical strike on September 29 2016, eleven days after Pakistan carried out Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat addresses the media after the Combined Graduation Parade held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat addresses the media after the Combined Graduation Parade held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad.

General said on Monday that on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) could be repeated, if necessary, seeking to send a stern message to

He said cross-border infiltration will continue because camps across the Line of Control, from where terrorists are launched, are still operational, and warned that the is ready to "receive" them and keep dispatching them to their graves. "The strike was a message we wanted to communicate to them and they have understood what we mean...that things could follow up, if required," Rawat said

He was speaking at the launch of a book India's Most Fearless, authored by two defence journalists, Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh. The book chornicles personal accounts of soldiers and their valour in extreme and hostile conditions, including of officers who participated in the Later, responding to a question by reporters on infiltration attempts, Rawat said, "Terrorists will keep coming because the (terror) camps are operational there (across the LoC). Even we are ready. We will keep receiving them (infiltrators) to dispatch them two-and-a-half feet below the ground."

The on terror launch pads across the were conducted on the intervening night of September 28-29 last year, following a militant attack on an Army camp that killed 19 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The strikes were carried out by the Special Forces of the Army who had crossed the An unspecified number of terrorists waiting to sneak into India were killed in action by the

When asked what impact did the had, Rawat said, "(It sent a message that) We are a stronger nation capable of taking decisions when time comes." Rawat's predecessor Gen (retd) Dalbir Singh, who was the when were carried out, echoed similar views on their impact.

"They had struck well as deterrence and have enhanced India's image abroad," Singh said.

When asked about what was the difficult part of the carried out in the Occupied Kashmir (PoK), Singh said the worrying part was "extricating" the soldiers without any casualty.

When asked about an operation conducted by the Army against NSCN (Khaplang), after they killed 20 soldiers in an assault in Manipur in 2015, Singh said he took up the matter with the Defence Minister for training the Special Forces for such operations and upgrading their equipment.

"When I visited the Northern (Army) command after that (strike), I told the command that we need to train our people, and if people are required to be pulled out from the Valley for training let's do that," Singh said.

First Published: Tue, September 26 2017. 01:42 IST