New Delhi, Oct 1: As the Special Forces of the Indian army carried out a surgical strike across the Line of Control, top officials in charge of India's security watched with bated breath the live feed at the War Room at South Block, New Delhi. It was a major operation and a complete shift in policy known as offensive defence or even a small mistake would have been crucial.
The operation commenced at 12.30 am and was completed by 4.30 am. At the end of it, there was a sigh of relief and amidst hand shakes, officials said, "Yes our boys did it."
The National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and the Director General of Military Operations, Lt General Ranbir Singh monitored the situation all through and the feed of the operation was also shown to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Our boys did it
An official informed that although the top officials were confident of a successful operation, there was still palpable tension. This was a high profile operation and the success had to be 100 per cent. Further, the other worry was about the casualties on the Indian side.
The official noted that India did not want any casualties. After the operation was completed, officials were curious to know if any of the Indian soldiers had suffered any injuries. The answer that they got from the officer was, "Not a scratch."
While one feed was being relayed in Delhi, the other was at Tactical Headquarters Northern Command in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir. The soldiers part of the operation had worn body cameras on their helmets.
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The transmission which was captured by the video cameras was done through satellites.
When the operation was being planned, it was decided that the strike would be recorded. It was crucial that this strike was recorded since Pakistan would try to deny the same.