Soldiers from 6 Bihar and 10 Dogra battalions were part of surgical strike squads to get revenge for their slain fellow army men in Uri

 

  • 19 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in Uri belonged to Bihar regiment and Dogra regiment

  • Men from these two battalions were sent for the surgical strikes across LoC

  • These well-trained troops have a deeper sense of terror across the LoC

  • Ghatak (which means ‘deadly’ in Hindi) was the infantry platoon which spearheaded strikes ahead of a battalion

 

When four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked the Indian Army’s 12th Brigade in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on September 18, as many as 19 Indian soldiers lost their lives.

Sixteen of those personnel belonged to 6th battalion of the Bihar regiment while three were from the Dogra regiment’s 10th battalion.

Late on Wednesday, when Indian soldiers conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the troops included the crack Ghatak platoons of the same two battalions.

India publicly acknowledged the daring synchronized raid, in an indication of the Narendra Modi government’s muscular approach to dealing with terror and other security threats while also signalling a massive departure from previous policies of “strategic restraint”.

The veteran Ghatak platoons joined two para commando units for the attack on enemy territory.

One of the rationales behind these men accompanying the Special Forces was to ensure a sense of retribution is achieved by them.

The operational advantage of sending these well-trained troops from 6 Bihar and 10 Dogra was that they have a deeper sense of the terror across the Line of Control (LoC) and better acclimatisation as they have been deployed in the area for a while now.

Morale in a battalion always takes a hit when fellow soldiers are killed and there is a burning desire for vengeance.

Therefore, these units were given an opportunity to strike back, said sources.

Officials said the operation was aimed at stopping terrorists camping near the LoC from slipping into India and launching attacks.

While the key role in the surgical strikes was carried out by the 4 and 9 battalions of the Special Forces, the Ghatak battalions were used in a flanking role.

Morale

True to its name, the Ghatak (which means “deadly” in Hindi) infantry platoon spearheads strikes ahead of a battalion.

Every infantry battalion in the Indian Army has one such platoon and only the most physically fit and motivated soldiers make it to Ghatak.

These soldiers are well-trained, well-armed and equipped to handle situations such as terror strikes, hostage crises and counter insurgency operations.

They often act as shock troops and conduct assaults against enemy positions, often without support from the rest of the battalion.

Their operational role is similar to the Scout Sniper Platoon of the US Marines (USMC) and the British Army’s Patrols Platoon.

They are often asked to carry out tasks such as special reconnaissance, raids on enemy artillery positions, airfields, supply dumps and tactical headquarters.

They are also capable of directing artillery and air attacks on targets deep within enemy lines.

A Ghatak platoon is usually 20- man strong, consisting of a commanding captain, two non-commissioned officers and some special teams like marksman and spotter pairs, light machine gunners, medic and radio operator.

The remaining soldiers act as assault troopers.

Training 

Most of them are moulded at the Commando Training Course in Belgaum, Karnataka.

Often, other specialised training like heliborne assault, rock climbing, mountain warfare, demolitions, advanced weapons training, close quarter battle and infantry tactics are also provided.

Members of the platoon are also sent to the High Altitude Warfare School in J&K and the Mizoram-based Counterinsurgency and Jungle Warfare School.

It is mandatory for all infantry officers to pass the Commando Training Course.

These units are equipped with the Tavor TAR-21, INSAS or a version of the AK-47 as their primary assault rifle.

Courtesy : DailyMail

 

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