The deployment of elite counter-terror force National Security Guards (NSG) in Kashmir has been approved by the Union Home Ministry under the counter-insurgency (CI) grid. The report of deployment has been confirmed by officials in the ministry on condition of anonymity. To handle all the situations, this deployment would provide an opportunity for the special force to keep its skills sharp to reduces casualties in security forces.
To fight terrorism in densely populated areas of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the NSG has also been asked to train both State Police and the CRPF mostly for operations.
On May 4, the written directions to the National Security agencies to train the two forces within city jurisdiction as a part of the CI grid in Srinagar has been issued by Home secretary Rajiv Guaba. Further, DG NSG Sudeep Laktakia and DG, Jammu and Kashmir Police, SP Vaid received the instructions of Home Secretary.
The NSG is considered as India’s elite counter-terror force which is having around 10,000 men and they have been recruited directly and on deputation from Army, at its command. After receiving the direction from the Home Secretary, DG NSG is sending a senior officer team to meet DGP Vaid to meet the requirement of NSG personnel and the need for counter-insurgency training.
The Home Ministry officials said, “The NSG will undertake high-risk house intervention operations, which are aimed at flushing out terrorists and suicide attackers holed up in dense localities in Srinagar and other strife-torn towns.”
On the other hand, the CRPF conducts operations of house intervention, this has a high human cost especially when the terrorists are all ready to give their life. And due to the involvement of human costs, the army avoids these high-risk operations and always tries to neutralize the holed up terrorists by bringing down the building itself.
For such operations of house interventions, the NSG will use weapons of state-of-the-art which includes “through the wall” radars, sniper rifles and a corner shot assault weapons, and demolition experts trained.