Today 16 October marks the 36th Raising Day of one of the finest anti-terror forces in the world the National Security Guards (NSG) who are also informally referred to as the ‘Black Cats’ because of their all-black uniforms.
“NSG plays a crucial role in India’s security apparatus. It has been associated with utmost courage and professionalism. India is proud of NSG’s efforts to keep India safe and secure,” the PM tweeted on Friday morning.
They have always protected the nation with their bravery, courage and dedication.
They have done many dangerous operations in 36 years. The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to neutralising the Pathankot terrorists, NSG commandos have been at the forefront of some of the most critical anti-terror operations.
A world-class force
The National Security Guards is a ‘Zero Error’ world-class force that deals with a of anti-terrorist activity and VVIPs security. They are highly trained and equipped with advanced weapons to deal with specific situations, it is used to tackle serious acts of terror. The NSG’s ethos includes a pursuit for excellence, leading from the front and zero error; its hallmarks are speed, stealth, surprise, accuracy and precision.
The decision to form an anti-terror federal contingency force was taken in 1984 when militancy in Punjab was at its peak. The Union Cabinet at the time envisioned a force that would be not only highly motivated but also well-trained and specially equipped to thwart the various manifestations of terrorism.
With this in mind, the organisation came into being on 22 September 1986.
India’s federal counter-terrorism force NSG has trained a select group of personnel who protect the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, the chief of the commando force said on Friday.
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.