Myanmar operation: Government denies releasing photos of commandos
New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence has clarified that it has not released any photos in connection with the Army Opertaion that was carried out by the commando forces in Myanmar. The Ministry issued statments after a lot of photos went viral showing Indian armymen.
A total of three such photos showing Indian soldiers carrying guns and army helicopters were being frequetly circulated on the social media. Defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted that the ministry had not released any photos of the operation "so far".
"A Clarification: MoD has NOT issued any photo relating to Indian Army action along Indo-Myanmar border in the North East, so far," Kar tweeted.
One photo showed around 20 soldiers sitting before an army helicopter and posing for the camera. Two newspapers also carried this photograph on their front pages.
The photos surfaced on the internet after being tweeted by ANI news agency and was soon used by different media houses. In the tweets, ANI categorically said these images were of the team which carried out the operation and the faces of the jawans were erased to protect their identities.
Colonel K D Pathak (retd) who was himself associated with the special group of commando forces said that he is proud of the Indian army but at the same time he strongly disapproves of photographs of the soldiers from the unit that carried out the surgical strike going viral on social media.
Speaking to Times of India he said "Revealing the identity of commandos on social networking sites is a big blunder," Colonel Pathak said. "No professional army in the world would commit such a mistake. Damage has been done and an inquiry has to be conducted."