After the Central Government’s positive inclination to the IAF chief Arup Raha’s announcement of allowing women to fly fighter jets comes a landmark development in the form of a decision taken by one of India’s finest security forces. In a first, the National Security Guards (NSG), whose commandos are popularly known as ‘Black Cats’, will deploy its women commandos in anti-terror operations
and counter-hijack operations along with their male counterparts. Speaking on the occasion of its 31st Raising Day on Friday, Director General of NSG RC Tayal said:
“Women commandos are as tough and battle-hardy as the other commandos and in the future there is scope for their deployment in combat roles like counter-terrorism and anti-hijack operations. I am not ruling out such a role for them in the future.”
The NSG DG added that there is no discrimination between the procedure for induction of male and women commandos in the federal contingency force.
The quality of training imparted to both women and male commandos is also similar.
Agreeing with the same, officials at NSG
said that women commandos, who are already on critical assignments like VIP security and high-security drills, are combat-ready for high-risk operations related to terror attacks and other contingencies. The Black Cats had earlier successfully killed the Lashkar-e-Toiba attackers in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, an operation which was seen live by the whole world.
Also, for the first time, Black Cats demonstrated a counter plane hijacking drill at its Manesar base in the wake of threats from outfits like Islamic State and Al-Qaida.
Emphasising on the constant need to upgrade both techniques and tactics in order to face the new challenges, Tayal said NSG had undertaken upgradation initiatives including enhancement of surveillance capabilities, strengthening of the Regional Hubs, conduct of joint training of NSG with Special Forces of other countries, review of VVIP security issues and capacity building of State Police as a first responder by conduct of Joint Training exercises.
Apart from that, the paramilitary, in yet another first, has introduced Parkour technique, a non-combative martial art, in its training drills in its bid to make the Black Cats more agile and flexible.
Through this technique, the commandos can climb a multi-storeyed building within a matter of seconds or jump from one roof to another without using any equipment. Likewise, the trained commandos can jump from a high-rise using the technique or enter a window of a moving bus from a parallel mobile vehicle enabling the Black Cats to insert themselves inside windows/doors of a building and conduct room intervention. Meanwhile, union minister Kiren Rijiju said the government will provide all critical requirements of NSG in its assignments and he also unveiled the “The Black Cat Journal” on the occasion.