The National Security Guard (NSG) training centre at Manesar got an auditorium on Wednesday named after Lt Col Niranjan E Kumar who was martyred in the Pathankot terror attack in January 2016.
Niranjan, who was a member of the NSG’s bomb disposal squad, was killed while diffusing a grenade during a terror attack at Pathankot air base in Punjab on January 2, 2016.
The Union minister of state for information and broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, inaugurated the auditorium during the 17th international counter terrorism seminar held at the auditorium on Wednesday.
The auditorium was inaugurated in the presence of Niranjan’s parents Shivarajan E Kumar and Radha Shivarajan, and brother wing commander Sharad E Kumar. Rathore also felicitated Niranjan’s parents with a memento.
Rathore said the auditorium would remind soldiers of the supreme sacrifice made by their fellow jawan. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 390 and was built at a cost of Rs 21 crore. The NSG has plans to dedicate more buildings and structures to honour its men.
Speaking at the seminar, Rathore said terrorism has become global and lone wolves were now working in coordination. “Under such circumstances, there is a need of scanning social media and data aggregation. The data on terror related activities should be collected, segregated, and shared among all global security agencies for handling terrorism,” Rathore said.
Rathore said there is a need of collaboration in technology and involving private agencies, including chemical manufacturers and social media companies, as the terrorists are largely misusing these facilities.
“Terrorism is a curse of the 21st century. A lot of resources are spent in saving establishments from IEDs,” he said.
Hailing the demonetisation move of the Centre, Rathore said 86% economy in the country was cash based and it facilitated terrorist activities. “Cash comes with vices. Short term benefits of demonetisation are visible but there will be long term effects too,” he said.
Rathore also released the NSG magazine ‘The Bombshell’.