New Delhi: West Air Command led by Air Marshal Chandrashekaran Harikumar (Air Officer Commanding in Chief) of Pandanad in Chengannur, Kerala, was the one, who made the comprehensive plan of the air strike, which killed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan.

Harikumar had a major role to play in the Indian Air Force’s pre-emptive strike in Pakistan, which killed over 300 terrorists and trainers. Harikumar is in charge of the security on the western border with Pakistan.

After the central government informed their full support to retaliate, the team led by Harikumar, started the arrangements for the air strike. After holding talks with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, strike pilots efficient to conduct mini ballistic missile were entrusted. In the meantime, the Indian army was strengthened on the borders of Pakistan and China.

The Indian government described the IAF action as “non-military, pre-emptive air strikes” across the Line of Control (LoC). At around 3.30 AM, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed the LoC and dropped 1,000 kg bomb at the hub of suicide attack training.

On Tuesday morning, the Indian Air Force struck deep inside Pakistan at Balakot, some 60 km from Abbottabad. As this news came out, massive euphoria was witnessed all across the nation. This air strike is seen as a revenge attack of Pulwama, where 44 CRPF jawans were killed. Banned Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM claimed responsibility for this terror attack in Pulwama. 

Harikumar joined the IAF in 1979. He has been awarded various honours including Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. Earlier, he was serving as the chief of Eastern Air Command.