G20 in Kashmir: NSG, marine commandos to be part of security detail

Special commandos will patrol riverine areas in Srinagar to thwart any potential threat

| Updated: 03 May, 2023 3:24 pm IST
Indian Navy's MARCOS distributing relief material to fishermen in Kashmir. (File photo)

Srinagar: Specially-trained commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG), Indian Navy, and Special Operations Group (SOG) along with regular police and paramilitary forces and the Indian Army will be deployed in Srinagar to provide foolproof security to upcoming G-20 meetings.

Special troops will be stationed around Dal Lake and alongside Jhelum river to neutralize any security threat, said J&K additional DGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar while chairing a joint meeting with officers of the police, intelligence agencies and security forces on Tuesday.

Kumar, the top police officer in Kashmir, took a complete review of overall security arrangements to be put in place for safe and smooth conduct of upcoming meetings to be held under India’s G-20 presidency in Srinagar.

During the meeting, the officer also stressed the importance of river and lake domination in ensuring the security of the summit and emphasised the need for the Marine Commandos (MARCOS) to be put in place to provide a strong security cover for the water bodies around the summit venues.

The MARCOS teams would be deployed in and around Dal Lake.

In case of any suicide terror attack, NSG along with SOG will be used to neutralise the threat, he said.

The meeting was attended by general officer commanding (GOC) Kilo Force Major General Mohit Seth, CRPF IG (Kashmir Ops Sector) Manvinder Singh Bhatia, BSF IG (Kashmir Frontier) Ashok Yadav along with other top officers from different security and intelligence agencies were in attendance.

The officials also discussed traffic management and crowd control measures to be adopted for the peaceful conduct of the summit.

ADGP Kumar also urged all agencies to work in a coordinated manner in order to ensure the success of the summit, which is expected to be attended by several high-profile dignitaries from across the world. The meeting focused on the deployment of security personnel, counter drone measures and other critical aspects of security planning.

He further directed the officials to ensure that the security arrangements are put in place well before the summit, and the deployment of security personnel should be done in a manner that does not cause inconvenience to the local residents & tourists.

Kumar also emphasized the need to be vigilant and take pre-emptive measures to prevent any untoward incident during the summit. He further advised them that additional security measures should be placed at the vulnerable locations to avoid any untoward incident during the G20 summit, he said.

During the meeting, special focus on the emerging threat of VBIEDs and other modes of potential terror attacks including potential fidayeen attacks, standoff fire and grenade attacks and countermeasures were discussed in detail.

He instructed all district SSPs to focus on busting of terror modules by apprehending terror associates and generate preventive intelligence regarding the presence of terrorists in the Valley.

Apart from the security measures, the meeting also discussed the management of foreign NGOs and media personnel during the summit. The GOC Kilo Force assured the officials to provide all assistance like domination of high reaches, corridor protection, additional AS Teams, area domination specifically in the night.

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