NSG trains anti-insurgent 'Special Operation Group' of Jammu Kashmir Police
A team of 70 Special Operation Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men are in Manesar to train with the elite National Security Guard (NSG). A two-week training will be imparted by NSG as part of capacity building of state police.
While the NSG has been regularly training special commando force of various state police force, the Jammu Kashmir SOG has started its training today. The much-needed training comes after the force faced a 100-day turmoil in Kashmir Valley, since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani on the July 8.
Though Jammu Kashmir Police (JKP) has been tasked with maintaining law and order, the SOG has been tasked to hunt down hard core terrorists. With peculiar skill set and a well-connected network of intelligence, the SOG has often been face of anti-terror operations. But in-turn has earned wrath of terror organisations, with the men being constantly on terror radar.
"The J&K police has been very competent and on the frontlines in anti-terror activities. While the NSG trains state police, in this case, even the NSG commando's learn from them. The Special Operation group deals in counter terror operation, and have great acumen." A senior officer of NSG said.
Since the Army, BSF, CRPF and JKP have handled counter terror operations on their own, NSG has never been directed to participate in counter terror operation in J&K. Though Pakistan has continued to indulge in low intensity conflict for almost two and half decades.
The SOG was raised in 1994 with the idea of "involving the passive Jammu and Kashmir Police in the anti-terrorist activities and giving a local face to these operations".