With snipers, radars, NSG commandos reach

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NSG commandos gather near Vijay Chowk to take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on Tuesday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 17 January 2017 *** Local Caption *** NSG commandos gather near Vijay Chowk to take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on Tuesday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 17 January 2017

Kashmir for anti-militancy ops

Srinagar: In some of the operations, Indian Air Force's Guard
commandos and Indian Navy's elite fighters Marcos were also involved
in the Valley.ial forces unit under the Home Ministry. Wearing their
trademark black uniform, these special commandos perform drills
along with other security forces to build synergy.
About two dozen snipers from the NSG's house intervention teams (HIT
commandos) have been training here since the last two weeks.
In some time, the Home Ministry hopes to have 100 NSG men
positioned at the BSF station. "Since they specialise in anti-hijack drills,
they have been placed near the airport," a senior officer disclosed.
The NSG commandos, whose presence in Kashmir was cleared last
month by the Home Ministry, will soon be deployed in anti-terror
operations in the Valley.
Officials say the presence of NSG commandos would help reduce
casualties among security forces, particularly against the backdrop of
the centre's plans to intensify operations.
The NSG snipers, with their pin-point accuracy and the use of
sophisticated equipment like through-the-wall radars, sniper rifles and
corner shot assault weapons will help reduce casualty figures during
the ops, say Home Ministry officials.
Officials say there are high casualties when the security forces take on
militants who are holed up inside buildings. The army avoids these

high-risk operations due to the human costs involved and tries to
neutralize the militants by bringing down the building itself.
The NSG, along with their house intervention team commandos, will
also have demolition experts for handling such situations.
The Home Ministry officials say in 2017, 80 security force personnel and
70 civilians lost their lives. This year, till May, 30 security personnel and
35 civilians have died.
The ministry had earlier said as part of the anti-terror operations in
Kashmir, it would help the elite commandos to prepare for insurgencies
in other parts of the country.
"They have latest equipment but they need practice on real-time basis
and face real-life situations," a senior home ministry official had told
NDTV in April.A few months ago, the NSG had trained commandos of
the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP)
at its Manesar headquarters near Gurgaon for anti-militancy
operations.
Sources say the NSG's core efficiency so far has been in counter-
terrorism, counter-hijacking operations and proximate security for the
VVIPs.
It was used in the 90s in limited operations in Kashmir.
However, in the last few years, the NSG was rarely used in anti-
militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab with Army Para
commandos doing the job.
In some of the operations, Indian Air Force's Garud commandos and
Indian Navy's elite fighters Marcos were also involved in the Valley.

( Courtesy NDTV )