Elite NSG Commandos Reach Kashmir To Boost Anti-Terror Operations

| June 22 , 2018 , 08:16 IST

National Security Guard (NSG) Commandos, India's elite counter-terrorism forces have been deployed in Kashmir to aid in the anti-terror operations in the Valley, media reported on Thursday. The Home Ministry had cleared the deployment of the NSG commandos to Kashmir last month.

According to officials, the presence of the NSG commandos would help in reducing the casualties suffered by the security forces, especially since the centre is planning to intensify anti-terror ops in the area.

Officials detailed that there are high casualty risks when security forces take on terrorists holed up inside buildings, and therefore due to the human costs involved, the army avoids such high-risk operations and attempts to bring down the entire building itself.

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The NSG commandos, with their pin-point accuracy and use of sophisticated equipment like through-the-wall radars, sniper rifles and corner shot assault weapons will help reduce casualty figures during the ops, Home Ministry officials said.

In the past few years, the NSG has rarely been called in for anti-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir as Army Para commandos, Indian Air Force's Garud commandos and Indian Navy's elite Marcos fighters were involved.

As per sources quoted by NDTV, the core efficiency of the NSG has so far been counter-terrorism, counter-hijacking operations and proximate security for the VVIPs. The NSG had trained commandos of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police a few months ago.

Earlier this week, Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor's rule after the BJP withdrew from the coalition government with the PDP and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in a statement said that the change of government to Governor's rule would not affect the anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The anti-terror ops were put on hold during the month of Ramzan as the Centre had announced a unilateral ceasefire during the Islam month of prayer.