National Security Guard, a special forces unit under the Home Ministry reaches Border Security Force camp at Humhaha near Srinagar to perform drills along with other security forces to build synergy.
Since two weeks, two dozen snipers from the NSG’s house intervention teams have been training here. The Home Ministry is planning to position 100 NSG men at the BSF station. A senior officer said, “Since they specialize in anti-hijack drills, they have been placed near the airport.” These NSG Commandos will soon be deployed in anti-terror operations in the Valley by the Home Ministry.
The deployment of NSG commandos will help in reducing casualties among the security forces in the valley. It would help to reduce casualties especially against the backdrop of the plans of the Center to accelerate the operation.
As BJP pulled out of their coalition with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir, the state was placed under Governor’s rule this week. Also, as Ramzan month has completed, SP Vaid, the state’s top police officer has told NDTV that anti-terror operations that were put on hold will be resumed.
According to the Home Ministry officials, NSG snipers with their pinpoint accuracy, sophisticated equipment like through-the-wall radars, sniper rifles and a corner shot assault weapons is going to help in reducing casualties doing an operation.
Officials say that numbers of people have been killed when security forces take on terrorists who are hiding inside the buildings. Due to the involvement of human costs, the Army avoids these high-risk operations, instead, they try to neutralize the terrorists by bringing down the building. NSG commandos along with demolition experts will handle such situations.
As per the records of the Home Ministry, in 2017, 80 security force personnel and 70 civilians killed in the valley. And till May, 30 security personnel and 35 civilians have lost their lives.
A senior home ministry official said, “They have the latest equipment but they need practice on a real-time basis and face real-life situations.” For anti-terrorism operation in Manesar headquarters near Gurgaon, the NSG had trained commandos of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP).
The NSG’s core efficiency was used in the 90s in limited operations such as counter-terrorism, counter-hijacking operations and proximate security for the VVIPs in Kashmir.
Indian Air Force’s Garud commandos and Indian Navy’s elite fighters Marcos were also involved in the valley’s anti-terror operations. However, the involvement of NSG was rarely seen in anti-terrorism operations in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab with Army Para commandos in the last few years.