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NSG to be deployed in anti-terror operations in J&K soon

By PTI
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The elite National Security Guards, popularly known as 'Black Cats', are likely to be deployed soon in countermilitancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir which was placed under governor's rule on Wednesday, officials said.

NSG Commandos during a rehearsal in New Delhi. PTI file photo

They said a team of NSG has been stationed in the Kashmir Valley for quite sometime and is undergoing rigorous training in 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 its alliance partner, the PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister.

The decision for their deployment in counterterror 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, counterterror 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 countermilitancy 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, snipper 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.

PTIThere are around 7,500 personnel currently working with the NSG.

Srinagar Fact Check
Year
Candidate's Name Party Result Vote Vote Share Margin
2017
Farooq Abdullah JKNC Winner 48,555 7% 10,776
Nazir Ahmed Khan JKPDP Runner Up 37,779 0% 0
2014
Tariq Hameed Karra JKPDP Winner 1,57,923 51% 42,280
Farooq Abdullah JKN Runner Up 1,15,643 38% 0
2009
Farooq Abdullah JKN Winner 1,47,035 52% 30,242
Iftikhar Hussain Ansari JKPDP Runner Up 1,16,793 41% 0
2004
Omar Abdullah JKN Winner 98,422 50% 23,159
Advocate Ghulam Nabi Lone JKPDP Runner Up 75,263 38% 0
1999
Omer Abdullah JKN Winner 55,542 57% 36,859
Mebooba Mufti IND Runner Up 18,683 19% 0
1998
Omar Abdullah JKN Winner 1,44,609 60% 70,839
Aga Syed Mohdi INC Runner Up 73,770 30% 0
1996
Ghulam Mohammad Mir INC Winner 55,503 19% 1,599
Farooq Ahmad Anderabi JD Runner Up 53,904 18% 0
1989
Mohammad Shafi Bhat JKN Winner 0 0% -3,67,249
1984
Abdul Rashid Kabuli JKN Winner 3,67,249 81% 2,86,277
Muzaffer Ahmed Shah IND Runner Up 80,972 18% 0
1980
Farooq Abdullah JKN Winner 0 0% -2,10,072
1977
Akbar Jahan Begam JKN Winner 2,10,072 68% 1,22,641
Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari IND Runner Up 87,431 28% 0
1971
Shamim Ahmad Shamim IND Winner 1,28,948 62% 57,808
Bakhshi Gulam Mohd INC Runner Up 71,140 34% 0
1967
B.g. Mohamad JKN Winner 59,415 47% 9,236
A.m. Tariq INC Runner Up 50,179 39% 0

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