Army and government sources have rubbished the sensational story that appeared on a website stating that the Indian army had carried out an operation across the Line of Control in Kashmir and killed 20 Pakistani terrorists.
While the website said it sticks by its story, the military has denied that any such operation took place on the intervening night of September 20 and 21, as the website reported.
Sources in the highest echelons of the government also denied that such an operation took place. The sources, in fact, ridiculed the website story, calling it an instance of "whatsapp journalism", and adding, "We are ourselves not aware of any such operation".
According to the story, two units of the elite Paras comprising 18 to 20 soldiers flew across the Line of Control in military helicopters and killed some 20 terrorists and injured nearly 200 at a terrorist camp in PoK. This was said to be in retaliation for the Uri terrorist attack.
The social media, too, was abuzz with discussions about this story. Military experts and prominent defence journalists said they had no such information.
Nitin Gokhale, a national security analyst and a former army man himself, said on his twitter account that the army had categorically denied such an operation taking place.
While stating that the information is not correct, he even tweeted, "If it was so easy then why wasn't such action taken all these years".
While government and army sources are denying that such an operation took place to individual journalists, intriguingly, however, there has been no official denial
or confirmation from the government yet.