Tuesday, 26 July 2011

For 4 days, it is over to NSG, News - Cover Story - Bangalore Mirror,Bangalore Mirror

NSG commandos with sniffer dogs outside the Taj Mahal Hotel,  Mumbai, during the 26/11 operations

The city is gearing up for an invasion from the National Security Guard (NSG), those ‘Men in Black’ who emerged heroes following the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. Commandos from the crack outfit are set to storm the city, wielding their deadly weapons, scaling high walls, disposing of bombs, releasing hostages and capturing imaginary terrorists in mock operations which will be conducted over the next four days starting Tuesday.

“This is a first-of-its-kind operation in our state,” said Bhaskar Rao, IGP and nodal officer of the counter-terror wing, facilitating the NSG operation. “The final touches are being put in place.”

The operation, which will be held in-camera, is primarily aimed at gathering first-hand knowledge of the city, which would prove vital in case of a terror attack. Precious momentum and time was lost during the initial stages of the 2008 siege in Mumbai and the NSG hopes to ensure no such lapse in the event of a similar attack.

The NSG was also loath to call the operation a drill as it plans to conduct it on the lines of the 26/11 operation and as close as possible to the real thing. The commandos will also check the preparedness of the city — home to a number of defence establishments, software firms, luxury hotels and a sizable migrant overseas population. At the end of the operation, measures to enhance security in the city will be suggested for implementation.

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