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Women commandos in NSG

11 women commandos of this special force have proved their mettle to be no less than their male counterparts, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 04:36 IST

It has been a year since they were inducted into National Security Guard (NSG), but in this short time the 11 women commandos of this special force have proved their mettle to be no less than their male counterparts.

In fact, the team has done its duty well enough for the NSG to start the scrutiny and selection procedure for the second batch of women commandos. The candidates are to be tested and picked up from women battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Apart from carrying out VIP protection duties, the current team has also served as ‘sky marshals’. A part of the team was attached to BSP leader Mayawati, who has Z category security cover. The senior-most officer among the present 11 is lady officer Tejinder Kaur, an officer of the rank of a deputy commandant. “The 11 commandos were put through rigorous training along with the men and then inducted. The selection process for the second batch is on. After it is over, the selected candidates will be put through rigorous training and then drafted,” NSG DG, JK Dutt told reporters during the 22nd Raising Day celebration on Monday. 

The first burst of the “rigorous training” lasts for about three months where prospective commandos are taught anti-hijacking and counter-terrorism operations besides VIP protection duties. The women recruits, like the men, are not novices. “They would have put in at least seven years’ of service before they can apply to become commandos,’’ the officer said.