At exhibition marking surgical strikes, soldiers take queries from enthusiasts

Written by Lalmani Verma | New Delhi | Published: September 30, 2018 5:35:12 am

Visitors at exhibition in New Delhi, to mark the second anniversary of surgical strikes across LoC, on Saturday. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Was this gun used in the surgical strikes? Were these weapons seized during the strikes? Did you take part in the strikes two years ago?

These were some of the frequently asked questions from visitors for the Army personnel at the three-day defence exhibition that began on Friday near India Gate in the national capital to mark the second anniversary of the Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line on Control in Kashmir.

On Saturday, most visitors to the exhibition were eager to see and know more about the Bofors gun.

“Is it the Bofors gun? The same guns about which we read in the newspapers as scam,” asked Vikram Ahuja, a veteran. Havildar Hukum Singh replied that the gun has a maximum firing range of 30.9 km, and that he had operated it.

The Bofors guns were inducted in 1986.

“Was it used in surgical strike,” Himanshu, 27, asked, but appeared a little disappointed when Havildar Singh said that the gun was not taken across the LoC for the strikes. “But it was stationed inside Indian territory as back-up…

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