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Surgical Strikes: Indian Army keen on releasing video footage, PM Modi to take final call

Amidst all the debates over the authenticity of the recent surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line on Control (LoC), the Indian Army has reportedly expressed its desire to release the footage of the September 29 strikes.

According to a report in the Economic Times, Indian armed forces have given the green signal to the government to release the footage and the final call will be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The army is keen that India release evidence that will answer those alleging the strikes never happened," said army officers, speaking off the record with the daily.

The decision on the release of the footage rests with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the report added.

Another senior government official was quoted in the report as saying that the proof was available with the government. "There is no doubt at all that the strikes inflicted heavy damage. Proof is available with the government that clearly shows our troops engaging the targets effectively," an official said.

Indian Express has conducted its own investigation and reports that the bodies of those killed in clashes were loaded onto trucks for secret burials, corroborating India's claims that it carried out strikes.

In past few days, leaders of various political parties have demanded proof on the surgical strikes conducted by the security forces.