33rd Raising Day Celebrations of National Security Guard
India's elite anti-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG) is celebrating 33rd Raising Day at its headquarter in Manesar near New Delhi.
The NSG was established in the wake of 1984 Operation Blue Star, and the high collateral damage to Golden Temple, and civilian and military collateral casualties. Since its raising the NSG has been used in the Punjab in 1986, and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, speaking at the occasion of NSG'sraising day, said,"Our neighbour has made a state policy to aid, abet, fund, and train terrorism."
He said, "Capacity building of state police forces is need of the hour. NSG is training state police forces now.
Only once, in 2010, the NSG had postponed the Raising Day celebrations from October 16 to 22 as a major manpower of the force was deployed to secure the athletes and dignitaries participating in the Commonwealth Games that were held in Delhi. Else, all other years the celebrations were regular.
Federal Contingency Deployment Force
The NSG was set up in 1984 as a Federal Contingency Deployment Force to tackle all facets of terrorism in the country. PTI photo
NSG acts only in exceptional situations
As a specialized counter-terrorism force, it is intended for use "only in exceptional situations" and not meant to take over the "functions of the State Police Forces or other Para Military Forces". Courtesy: ANI news
NSG commandoes performing aerial act
However, over the years its role has vastly expanded to provide personal security to influential politicians quite independent of the real threat that they face. Courtesy: ANI news
Anit-terror opeation drill
NSG commandoes demonstrating anti-hostage operation drill in Manesar, Haryana. Courtesy: ANI news