The chief of the National Security Guard (NSG) RC Tayal stirred a controversy on August 23 when he claimed that his forces had defused an IED at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) around two months back.
Speaking at an event the NSG Director General was captured on video saying that “no one was able to defuse the IED” but his forces were able to do so.
The “IED” remark obviously created a flutter.
An IED, abbreviation for Improvised Explosive Device, is a bomb usually planted by terrorists.
They can weigh as much as 500 pounds and can be placed strategically at roadsides to cause casualties to moving troops. That an IED was found in DRDO is in itself alarming. Media reports indicated that there is no information on whether any investigation was carried out after the discovery of the bomb. Reports, however, quote DRDO officials stating that there was no IED and what was found was not at DRDO but their old office at Metcalfe House. “The incident happened long back… It was a vintage ordnance found during excavation for some construction,” IANS reports quoting a DRDO official.
The NSG later issued an official statement confirming that there was no IED:
The event where the NSG chief made the remark had the home minister in attendance.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating the new NSG building. Twitter/All India Radio News
That the topmost official of the India’s elite counter-terror force made a gaffe of this seriousness did not go unnoticed by Twittertati.