Surgical strikes 2016: How leopard urine helped Indian soldiers 

By: PTI | Pune | Published: September 13, 2018 12:37:56 pm

The location of the surgical strike was shared with troops only a day prior to the attack, Nimbhorkar said. (Express Photo/Praveen Khanna/File)

The Indian soldiers who carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in September 2016 used an unusual weapon apart from firepower: leopard urine and faeces. Apparently, it kept away the village dogs that could otherwise have given away the soldiers’ movement in the darkness.

The detail was recounted by Lt Gen. (retd) Rajendra Nimbhorkar, who was the head of the 15 Corps that looked after the security of the LoC in the Jammu region, and who played a key role in the planning of the attack.

Speaking at a function organised by the Thorle Bajirao Peshwe Pratishthan (trust) here, where he was felicitated on Tuesday, Nimbhorkar said the planners had to bear in mind that the dogs in the villages along the LoC could alert the enemy troops.

“When I was the brigade commander in the Noushera sector (earlier in his career), I had observed that there were often leopard attacks on the dogs there and the dogs stayed away from the area at night fearing leopards,” Nimbhorkar said.

“When the strikes were being planned, we took the possibility of the presence of…

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