On the afternoon of July 30, 2011, Pakistani attackers ambushed a distant army position in Kupwara's Gugaldhar Ridge, surprising the six Rajput and Kumaon regiment soldiers. Around the time of the attack by the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT), the 20 Kumaon was supposed to take the position of the 19 Rajput Battalion. Havildar Jaipal Singh Adhikari and Lance Naik Devender Singh of 20 Kumaon had their heads taken back by the attacking team. The 19 Rajput soldiers who reported the incident eventually died in a hospital.
In the aftermath of the beheadings, the Indian Army sought to avenge its fallen soldiers and planned a cross-border raid to inflict maximum damage upon the Pakistani army. To carry out the revenge attack, the Indian Army conducted at least seven reconnaissance missions to identify potential targets. After careful assessment, the Indian Army identified three Pakistani army posts near Jor, Hifazat, and Lashdat as suitable targets for the raid.
The mission was to launch an ambush on the Police Chowki post to cause maximum casualties. Different teams for an ambush, demolition, surgical strike, and surveillance were formed to ensure the mission's success. On the night of January 18, 2013, the Indian Army launched a well-coordinated attack on the Pakistani army, catching them off-guard. The raid was successful and resulted in heavy casualties on the Pakistani side.
The details of the Operation Ginger mission were kept a closely guarded secret until the Indian Army officially confirmed the mission's success on February 8, 2013. This daring raid was one of the deadliest cross-border raids ever conducted by the Indian Army and served as a stern warning to Pakistan.