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Sticky bomb alert: NSG to review security for VVIPs

The use of a sticky bomb in the Israeli embassy attack has made the National Security Guards (NSG), the country’s elite commando force, sit up and take notice of the new lethal device being used by terrorists.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2012 23:10 IST
Rajesh Ahuja

The use of a sticky bomb in the Israeli embassy attack has made the National Security Guards (NSG), the country’s elite commando force, sit up and take notice of the new lethal device being used by terrorists.

Immediately after the February 13 attack outside Israeli embassy, the force went into a huddle on the issue and alerted all commando units guarding VVIPs, especially in poll-bound areas.

“We have to really study the incident and make a standard operating procedure so that everybody acts in a uniform way (during such an attack),” said NSG director general RK Medhekar, on the sidelines of the national bomb data centre (NBDC) annual seminar at NSG headquarter here.

More than a dozen VVIPs like Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav are under NSG protection.

Interestingly, the government did not call on experts from the NBDC to look at the February 13 blast site. The NBDC collects and analyses data from all blasts in the country and its opinion is considered highly credible among probe agencies. So far, in most blast incidents, NBDC experts have been pressed into service.

“Let me clarify. We were not involved in the analysis of this particular incident,” said DG Medhekar without going into the reasons behind it.

But, sources said this may have been due to the ‘sensitivity’ of the incident. Later, a small team was sent to the Tughlaq Road police station to get post-blast samples from the Innova car, which was parked there.