Not deploying ‘Black Cat’ commandos in J&K: Governor
There is no move to deploy 'Black Cat' commandos of the National Security Guard in counter-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik has said, and made it clear that the specialised force could be used only in the "gravest of grave" situations.
Complimenting the state police, army and the Central Reserve Police Force for "their exceptional work in countering militancy", Malik denied any move of deploying the NSG in anti-militancy operations.
"This is absolutely wrong. The NSG chief had met me recently. God willing, I am sure that we may not have any such situation where we require a specialised force, but may be in the gravest of grave situations, we may request them and that too after consulting the Centre," Malik said in an interview to PTI here.
He was replying to a question whether there was any move to deploy the NSG and if such a proposal was under consideration of the union home ministry.
When asked that some NSG commandos were deployed in Kashmir for training and other purposes, he said: "They have come for training and impart training as well to the police personnel, but so far there is no involvement in anti-militancy operations."
The governor went on to say that the police, army and the CRPF were "doing an exemplary work and come out of every situation in flying colours."
"I must tell you something about the Jammu and Kashmir police. The army is doing a fine job in containing infiltration at the border, but the police are working very hard. They are fighting very valiantly. This situation would not have been possible without them."
"See the recent urban local body elections. Not even a bird was harmed. I have been complimented by the central leadership, but the credit definitely goes to the state police," Malik, who took over in August 23 this year, said.
Home minister Rajnath Singh, during a recent NSG event in Telangana, had said the government is planning as to how the role of forces could be "enlarged" vis-a-vis new security challenges faced by the country, as these commandos can play a "big role" in operations such as those "where militants take a human as shield and enter civilian premises."
The Centre had thought of deploying the NSG commandos in Kashmir due to "increasing incidents of encounters where security forces have lost many soldiers during high-risk house intervention operations in densely-populated localities."