NSG asks SPG to get smart on VVIP security

Idea mooted by NSG chief Jayanto Choudhury

Chennai/New Delhi: NSG commandos, who guard some of the most high-risk VVIPs in the country, including the Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and former CM M. Karunanidhi, need to sharpen their skills in protecting the leaders, according to NSG bosses. “It was felt necessary that NSG needs to learn more and hence, it has written to SPG to assess its functioning in the VVIP security domain,” the officials said.

The NSG officials had sent a request to special protection group (SPG) stressing the need to better the skills in protecting the VVIPs. The NSG, for the first time, had asked Special Protection Group to audit its performance and share expertise in better securing the people it protects. The counter-terror force, which is securing 15 VVIPs at present, has asked SPG, which guards the Prime Minister and his immediate family, to audit its functioning and give its commandos some tips to operate in a smarter and swifter

According to NSG officials the idea was mooted by their chief Jayanto N. Choudhury after he took over the reins of the ‘black cats’ few months ago. “SPG which secures the Prime Minister and his family works under an Act of the Union. They perform their duty of ensuring proximate security to the VVIPs with utmost swiftness. The NSG at present, guard 15 ‘Z+’ category VVIPs which includes Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP patriarch L.K. Advani, Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Ministers Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh, Parkash Singh Badal of Punjab, Tarun Gogoi of Assam, BSP chief Mayawati, NC President Farooq Abdullah, and S P chief Mulayam Singh Yadav besides the TN leaders.

( Source : dc correspondent with agency inputs )
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