SL PM’s Security officers received training from Indian Black cats: PTI

SL PM’s Security officers received training from Indian Black cats: PTI

17 October 2020 10:51 pm

Several members of Sri Lanka Prime Minister’s Security Division have been trained by India’s team of black cat commandos, Indian Media reported.

India’s federal counter-terrorist force NSG had trained a select group of personnel who protect Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the chief of the Indian commando force said, Press Trust of India revealed.

In his address on the occasion of the force’s 36th Raising Day, NSG director general (additional charge) S S Deswal said the force has acquired the most modern weapons and equipment to distinguish itself as a “world class zero-error force”.

“The NSG close protection force has trained 21 personnel of Sri Lanka’s PM security division in close protection skills.

PTI quoted Deswal as saying that the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka wrote to the Indian PM and praised the training.

He, however, did not mention the time period when these personnel were trained by the NSG.

The National Security Guard, also known as the ‘black cat’ commandos, was raised as a federal contingency force in 1984 to undertake specialist counter-terrorist, counter-hijack and hostage rescue operations.

It has a special component called the CPF (close protection force) that provides security to high-risk VIPs under the top category Z+ cover.

It has about 13 protectees under its charge at present, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, PTI disclosed.

Deswal said the CPF, during the COVID-19 outbreak, provided security to its VIPs in about 4,000 events held in various states.

The NSG DG said the force had enhanced its mobility, training, weaponry and equipment by “many times” as terrorism is a complex and global problem in this century and the tactics of terrorists were changing and terror groups were possessing modern weapons, PTI claimed.

“We are determined to adopt modern technology and specialisation,” the DG said during the event at the force’s garrison here that was chaired by Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy.

He said the force has been training special combat units of state police forces so that they are better prepared to combat terrorist incidents even as he invited them to share NSG’s expertise in counter-terrorism, bomb disposal and sniffer dogs training.