Reports on the actual number of insurgents killed and injured in the recent operation by the Indian Army across the Myanmar border still seems to be distorted with figures on the same changing a little more often than expected.
Initial reports following the attack claimed that over 100 insurgents were killed in the 'surgical attack' across the border to avenge for the death of 18 Indian soldiers killed in Manipur.
Three days later, the figure came down drastically with the Indian Army claiming to have killed 40 militants and injuring several other.
The latest inputs say that 38 Northeast insurgents were killed and seven others injured, as during the surgical strike carried out by the Indian army's special forces deep inside Myanmar on Tuesday.
The plan for the first of its kind operation was chalked out hours after insurgents killed 18 soldiers in an ambush in Chandel area of Manipur on 4 June and got the clearance from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the night of 7 June, soon after his return from Bangladesh, said sources privy of the details.
At a meeting on 4 June, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and others, it was initially suggested that the attack on militants camp should be carried out the very next day, the sources said in New Delhi on Wednesday.
However, the Army Chief expressed his inability to carry out the strike at such a short notice.
Since a "hot-pursuit" normally is carried out within 72 hours, it was decided that the strike has to be executed as early as possible.
Then, the top security establishment decided that the attack would be carried out on Monday and General Suhag was asked to make all the preparations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed about the decision, the sources said.
The meeting explored the options of air strike using Sukhoi and MiG-29 fighters as well as ground strike by special forces of the army.
However, this option was ruled out since the possibility of colatoral damage was high in an air strike.
When the attack was finalised, the Prime Minister was in Bangladesh and there was a necessity to brief him all aspects of the operation. So, the strike was again delayed by a day and finalised for early Tuesday morning.
The Prime Minister was briefed about the operation after his arrival from Bangladesh on Sunday night and got his final clearance.
(By Nawaz Yasin Islam with agency inputs)