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Mooshahary on NSG’s role
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 18 (NPN):
Published on 18 Dec. 2008 11:55 PM IST
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Former National Security Guard (NSG) Chief RS Mooshahary has advised removal of NSG personnel from VVIP's security duty and to concentrate solely on anti-terrorism operations. Mooshahary, now Meghalaya Governor said as of now personnel from the Indian army are engaged in the anti-terrorism operation, but personnel from the central paramilitary force in the NSG are in engaged in VVIP's security duty. "All NSG commandos should be freed from VVIP duties as NSG was mainly raised for anti-terrorism duty," Mooshahary said. The former NSG chief was commenting in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks wherein NSG commandos played a crucial role in anti-terrorism operations. "They (NSG commandos) did quite well and eliminated the terrorists in Mumbai … it was a great achievement," Mooshahary stated. Last week, he visited the NSG headquarter and met all the officers who fought against the terrorists in Mumbai. The former NSG chief who had led the Akashardham temple operation against terrorists in 2002 felt that the central government decision to create an NSG hub in various parts of the country was a long felt need in fighting terror. "When I was the NSG chief, I had mooted the idea of NSG hub in different parts of the country. I am glad that the union government has now decided to set up NSG hub in different parts of the country," Mooshahary revealed. "In eastern India, the NSG hub should be located either in Shillong or Guwahati so that any terror attacks in the North Eastern Region can be tackled immediately," he stated. Supporting for a tougher anti-terror law, the former NSG Chief said, "The people of India want tough law to deal with issue of terrorism, besides competent professionals to implement these laws." Mooshahary said that NSG can train the state police to fight terrorists which will reduce the dependence on the former. The training must not be one-time training, but regular refresher course must also be held, he said.

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