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NSG Likely to Join Intensified Counter-militancy Operations in Kashmir Under Governor's Rule

According to officials, a NSG team has been stationed in the Kashmir Valley for quite some time and is undergoing rigorous training on the outskirts of the city.

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Updated:June 21, 2018, 8:32 PM IST
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NSG Likely to Join Intensified Counter-militancy Operations in Kashmir Under Governor's Rule
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Srinagar: As Jammu and Kashmir braces for yet another Governor’s rule, the elite National Security Guards or 'Black Cats' are likely to join the counter-militancy operations.

This comes amid a hue and cry over the Centre’s vow to intensify operations in the strife-torn state that has seen a spate of violence such as the killings of rifleman Aurangzeb and renowned journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

According to officials, a NSG team has been stationed in the Kashmir Valley for quite some time and is undergoing rigorous training on the outskirts of the city.

The state was on Wednesday placed under governor's rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister.

The decision of their deployment in counter-terror operations was taken by the Home Ministry recently and they will be put to use soon after their acclimatisation programme is over, the officials said.

The teams will be kept at the disposal of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which is the nodal agency for all anti-militancy operations, they added.

While the Union Home Ministry is upbeat about deploying the NSG in the valley, counter-terror experts feel that the black cats would be helpful in a situation where room-to-room intervention is required.

Such situations rarely come during a counter-militancy operation as it is virtually a do-or-die battle for the forces, mainly led by the state police and ably assisted by the Army and paramilitary forces, the experts said.

The move to deploy NSG commandos in Kashmir comes in the wake of increasing incidents of encounters where security forces have lost many soldiers during high-risk house intervention operations in densely populated localities.

The NSG commandos, when allowed, will get opportunities to test their skills and it will be a force-multiplier for anti-militancy forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

The commandos use sophisticated Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine guns, sniper rifles, through-the-wall radar and C-4 explosives to eliminate holed up terrorists without causing much damage to the structure.

The NSG was raised in 1984 in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star, which was carried out to flush out terrorists hiding in the Golden Temple in Punjab's Amritsar city.

The Black Cat commandos were deployed to tackle terrorists who carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the January 2016 attack at the Pathankot air base as well as the terrorists who attacked the Akshardham temple in Gujarat.

There are around 7,500 personnel currently working with the NSG.
| Edited by: Sanchari Chatterjee
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