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One year after Surgical Strike: A look at what India achieved



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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28-29, last year, sent a special team of commandos to cross the LoC and attack terror bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

It’s been a year since the Indian Army carried out surgical strike along the Line of Control (LoC), to bring down terror launch pads in neighboring Pakistan. However, what the country achieved through one of the Army’s major military operation still remains a debatable issue. While many argue that the surgical strike was intended to serve the government’s political aim to demonstrate its capabilities to fight terror, several others believe that the strike was actually the biggest blow to Pakistan’s terror-funding strategies. Here is a look at the operation and how the events unfolded in its aftermath.


The Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, last year, sent a special team of commandos to cross the LoC and attack terror bases in the south Pir Panjal range of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Army’s operation came as a response to the Uri attacks, where four armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants attacked army bases at Uri on September 19, claiming the lives of 19 jawans. Following the deadly Uri attack, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under pressure, with infuriated citizens expecting a strong retaliation. And  amid heated outrage across the country, the then Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General DS Hooda held several meetings with PM Modi and the then Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar. Following days of discussion, the Indian Army sent two teams of special commandos to carry out the surgical strike at officially unknown terror bases in Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 38 militants.

However, the Modi government’s decision to declare the execution of the surgical strike, unlike the previous practice to keep such operations completely covert, escalated domestic pressure on the Pakistani rangers and the government led by the then Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff. To manage the pressure, Pakistan resorted to complete denial. And, with a valid excuse of self-defense, India managed to keep international bodies distant from the entire episode. On the other hand, being unofficially convinced about Pakistan’s roles in backing terror outfits, major powers including United States and China stayed back from supporting Pakistan.

A year after Surgical Strike:

In a recent press conference, Army Chief Bipin Rawat lauded the success of the surgical strike and claimed, “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.” But, over frequent cross-border firings and infiltrations, he said, “terrorists will keep coming because the (terror) camps are operational there (across the LoC).”

While the total number of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Rangers were 228 in 2016, this year the numbers have steeply risen to 285 till August 1. As many as eleven people, including nine armed force jawans have lost lives at the border in July, this year. Furthermore, the Pakistani forces resorted to 83 ceasefire violations, one Border Action Team (BAT) attack and two infiltration bids in June, claiming the lives of four, leaving behind 12 more injured.

Evidently invalidating the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan, the neighbouring country reportedly carried out more than 450 ceasefire violations along the LoC since the Surgical Strike in PoK. The Indian Army has lost at least 70 soldiers at the border in Kashmir since the surgical strike, while only 38 jawans were martyred in 2016.

In retaliation, the Indian Army had killed more than 180 terrorists after the 28th September military operation, while only 100 militants were neutralized in the previous year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Lucknow court shootout: Western UP gangster shot dead by man dressed as lawyer

Maheshwari himself was a dreaded shooter and was booked under several other criminal cases. He was also said to be a close aide of Munna Bajrangi, who was killed while serving time in Baghpat prison in 2018.  



Gangster Sanjeev Jeeva

Security in India’s courtrooms and court complexes were again exposed on Wednesday when gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari, also known as Sanjiv Jeeva, was shot dead by a man dressed as a lawyer right inside a Lucknow court.

Sanjeev Maheshwari had come to the SC/ST court for hearing in a murder case and was entering the courtroom when the shooter opened fire, injuring a young girl and a policeman.

Maheshwari, who led a criminal gang in Western UP, was said to be a close aide of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari. He was accused in the murder case of BJP MLA Brahmadatt Dwivedi. Ansari is currently serving life imprisonment. The shooter was nabbed by lawyers in court and police and has been identified as Vijay Yadav.

Maheshwari himself was a dreaded shooter and was booked under several other criminal cases. He was also said to be a close aide of Munna Bajrangi, who was killed while serving time in Baghpat prison in 2018.  

The police constable injured in the attack sustained a bullet wound in his right leg and his colleagues helped him out of the court complex. He is undergoing treatment in the Lucknow Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, heavy police deployment has been made in the Lucknow court as well as the city after the shootout.

Commented on the law and order situation in UP, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the question is not who is being killed but the question is that one is being killed in the presence of high security.

In his reply to a journalist’s question on the incident, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the police will not spare anyone who is involved in the killing.

Lucknow DM Surya Pal Gangwar told the media that Maheshwari was shot dead, a girl of 8-10 years has also been injured. He added the shooter has been caught and the investigation into the incident has begun.

In Delhi, gangster Jitender Gogi was killed in a shootout in a Rohini court in 2021. The inter-gang rivalry ended with the knifing murder of Tillu Tajpuriya inside Tihar Jail in May this year.

The security of local courts has been a matter of concern for judges with former Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana raising it with the government.

A three-member SIT (Special Investigation Team) including Mohit Agarwal ADG Technical, Joint CP Nilabja Chaudhary, Ayodhya IG Praveen Kumar has been constituted to investigate the incident: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

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Wrestlers meet Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, put forth 5 demands, protest still on but suspended till June 15

On Wednesday morning, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and the top wrestlers, led by Olympic Medallist Bajrang Punia, began a crucial meeting at Anurag Thakur’s residence.



Wrestlers Protest

With the Central government offering to complete the probe against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh by June 15, Olympian Bajrang Punia told the media that the agitation by the wrestlers will be suspended till then.

On Wednesday, the wrestlers met Sports Minister Anurag Thakur at his residence after the minister had tweeted late last night that he looked forward for a discussion with the protesters.

Reports said the wrestlers represented by Sakshi Malik and Punia have made five demands in the meeting with Anurag Thakur. Their demands were: (1) Free and fair elections for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), (2) a woman to be made the WFI chief, (3) withdrawal of the Delhi Police case against the wrestlers registered on May 28, (4) the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and (5) preventing Brij Bhushan or his family or his acolytes from being part of WFI.

Punia, Sakshi Malik, and her husband Satyawart Kadiyan, who is also a wrestler, attended the meeting. Vinesh Phogat did not attend the meeting as she was to attend a pre-scheduled panchayat in her village Balali, Haryana. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who supports the protesting wrestlers, did not attend the meeting.

In the space of five days, this is the second meeting between the protesting wrestlers and the government. Wrestlers met Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday night and briefed him on their demands. Shah had asked them to trust the investigation process.

The wrestlers have been demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who they have accused of sexual harassment, since January this year. The wrestlers resumed their protest against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on April 23 at Jantar Mantar. On May 28, they were removed from the protest site by police and detained for violation of law and order after they began a march to the new Parliament building without permission. The police action resulted in an iconic photograph of Sangeeta and Vinesh Phogat.

The rub in this melee is that while the government is willing to accept most of their demands, the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is also the BJP MP from Kaiserganj, and wields significant clout in that part of Uttar Pradesh, remains a tricky question.

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Section 144 imposed in Kolhapur after clashes break out over socmed post with offensive audio message, Tipu Sultan photo  

The Law and order is the state affair and Maharashtra government takes the responsibility of it. He also appeals to the public for peace and calm. Police investigation is under way and action will be taken against those found guilty.



Kolhapur clash

Prohibitory orders have been issued in Kolhapur on Wednesday banning the assembly of five or more persons till June 19 after clashes broke out between two groups. Right-wing outfits objected to the use of Tipu Sultan’s image along with an objectionable audio message as a social media status put up by a few residents. Police had to lathicharge to disperse the crowd as the situation became tense.

Police have also applied for banning mobile internet from Wednesday till Thursday evening to prevent the issue from snowballing. On Tuesday, a group of right-wing activists held a protest demanding action against those who put the image of the 18th-century Mysore ruler along with an offensive message on their social media profiles. Police assured action and told them to return. Police also informed the protesters they had booked some people in connection with the post.

Kolhapur SP Mahendra Pandit said the protesters again hit the streets on Wednesday. Few organisations had called for a Kolhapur bandh and the members of these organisations gathered at Shivaji Chowk early today. After their demonstration ended, the crowd began to disperse but some miscreants started pelting stones, forcing police to use force against these people to disperse them. The SP also said they appealed to the agitators to maintain peace and withdraw the agitation.

Dipak Kesarkar, guardian minister and minister of education and Marathi language, said action has been taken against those who had used Tipu Sultan’s image along with an objectionable audio message with the detention of 21 people so far.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde appealed for calm and peace. He said law and order is a state responsibility and the Maharashtra government will act. Police investigation is under way and action will be taken against those found guilty. Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said this was part of a larger well-thought out plan by some people.

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