NSG ig­nored res­cue plea at Pathankot: IAF of­fi­cer

NIA CHARGE SHEET State­ment gives one-sided view of sit­u­a­tion, says NSG

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard (NSG) “didn’t pay heed” to pleas for res­cu­ing de­fence guards un­der fire from gun­men dur­ing last year’s Pathankot air base at­tack, an air force of­fi­cer’s state­ment to the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) has re­vealed.

“I heard an RT (ra­dio trans­mis­sion on a wire­less set) in which some DSC (de­fence se­cu­rity corps) per­son­nel was yelling ‘one is dead and two are wounded, please some­body come (to) evac­u­ate us, else we would die. I then asked bri­gadier (Gau­tam) Gan­guly (the NSG of­fi­cer lead­ing the com­mando team) to get one team pre­pared for res­cue to which he didn’t paid (sic) heed to,” said the of­fi­cer, wing Gun­bat­tles and comb­ing op­er­a­tions lasted two days after the Pathankot at­tack on Jan­uary 2, 2016.

com­man­der Ab­hi­jit Sarin, who was asked to guide the NSG team sent to neu­tralise the at­tack­ers.

DSC is un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the de­fence min­istry and guards in­stal­la­tions un­der it.

The NIA chargesheet, filed in a

spe­cial court in Mo­hali re­cently, didn’t delve into what ap­peared to be­tray dif­fer­ences be­tween the NSG and the In­dian Air Force per­son­nel in their op­er­a­tional strate­gies.

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