Multicity, multiple attack on India “more than a possibility”: NSG

Manesar (Haryana): The country’s elite counter-terror force NSG today said global terror outfits like ISIS and al-Qaeda joining hands to launch and perpetrate a “multi-city multiple attack” on India “is more than a possibility”.

The Director General (DG) of the ‘black cat’ commandos force J N Choudhury said “it is more than a possibility” now that these terror groups may find “allies” in similar organisations like Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba which already have a presence and activity in India.

“Now that they (international terror outfits like al-Qaeda) have declared their intention of attacking India, they will obviously align with known groups that we have (active in the country). Whether it is Laskhar (Lashkar-e-Toiba), Jaish (Jaish-e-Mohammad), Harkat (Harkat-ul-Mujahideen) or IM (Indian Mujahideen).

“So the apprehension we have is that if they do have a combined kind of strategy or combined operations, we have to prepared and be alert if a combined (terrorist) group takes action. Then there is a threat and possibility of a multi-city multiple attack. That is what we are preparing for and hence we are also working with anti-terroriost forces and state police forces (in this context),” the National Security Guard DG told reporters here.

He was speaking on the occasion of the 30th Raising Day of the force that was set up in 1984 for special combat tasks.

Choudhury said he remembers from his earlier stint in the Intelligence Bureau that al-Qaeda operatives had done a “reconnisance of Goa, Bangalore and Amritsar” about a decade ago.

“This (recce of vulnerable spots in India) is not a new thing for al-Qaeda,” the NSG chief said adding they looked at Goa as it was visited by a number of foreign and domestic tourists.

The DG said the force will “try to increase” the number of women commandos in NSG, whose present strength is less than 20 at present, as also desired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was the chief guest of the events held here today.

Choudhury said starting next month the force will train a number of special anti-terror units of state police forces in this garrison as they are the first responders in cases of terror attacks.

He said they also have plans to extend the deputation of some expert officers in the force so that they can stay for alonger time and share their domain knowledge with an increasing number of commandos who come to NSG on a time-bound posting from their parent cadre in the Army of paramilitary forces.

He said they have requested the Home Ministry to fast track the procurement of special gadgets and equipments for them.

During the event, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the officers and soldiers of the force that they should know that when the enemy is “cunning” there is no restriction in using force against them.

He said India’s positive image across the globe and its progress is breeding jealousy in some elements which are acting as obstacles for its development and terrorists are one such group.

He equated NSG commandos with the mythological character of ‘Abhimanyu’ who can break any maze to neutralise the enemy.

The DG said the force will “try to increase” the number of women commandos in NSG, whose present strength is less than 20 at present, as also desired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was the chief guest of the events held here today.

Choudhury said starting next month the force will train a number of special anti-terror units of state police forces in this garrison as they are the first responders in cases of terror attacks.

He said they also have plans to extend the deputation of some expert officers in the force so that they can stay for a longer time and share their domain knowledge with an increasing number of commandos who come to NSG on a time-bound posting from their parent cadre in the Army of paramilitary forces.

He said they have requested the Home Ministry to fast track the procurement of special gadgets and equipments for them.

During the event, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the officers and soldiers of the force that they should know that when the enemy is “cunning” there is no restriction in using force against them.

He said India’s positive image across the globe and its progress is breeding jealousy in some elements which are acting as obstacles for its development and terrorists are one such group.

He equated NSG commandos with the mythological character of ‘Abhimanyu’ who can break any maze to neutralise the enemy.

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