In yet another exercise to free its commandos from VIP duties and focus on its mandate of undertaking counter-terror operations, the NSG has pulled out over 600 commandos from its VVIP security unit.
In yet another exercise to free its commandos from VIP duties and focus on its mandate of undertaking counter-terror operations, the NSG has pulled out over 600 commandos from its VVIP security unit. Some of these commandos were used for the first-time during the recent Pathankot attack.
The effort to prune down the VVIP duties of NSG commados has been going on over the last two years.
According to the new blueprint being worked upon by the elite force, two teams out of the total three of the 11th Special Rangers Group (SRG), stand withdrawn from VVIP security duties and have been tasked to undertake counter-terror operations along with and in assistance of the primary strike units — the Special Action Group (SAG).
The NSG, which was raised in 1984 for exclusive counter-terror operations but later entrusted with VVIP security duties, has the least number of 15 such protectees under its cover and, after its request to not burden it further in this regard, the government has not given it any additional responsibility in this domain for over two years now.
While the 2008 Mumbai terror attack involved about 400 commandos over a period of three days, over 300 NSG men were deployed for the Pathankot operation that was officially called off in five days.
In what has come as a help, the government has also not given any additional duty in the VVIP security domain and assigned that task to central paramilitary forces like CRPF, CISF and ITBP.