New Delhi: Special Director General of
Border Security Force (BSF) R K Medhekar was today appointed
as the new Chief of National Security Guard, the elite
commando force deployed for protecting VIPs and swift action
in case of hostage crisis.
The name of 58-year-old Medhekar, a 1975 batch IPS
officer from Kerala cadre, was cleared by the Appointments`
Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He replaces N P S Aulakh, a 1972 batch IPS officer, who
Medhekar, who has a service till April 2012, is the
first among the 1975 batch to be appointed as Director General
of any Central Para-military force. He will take charge from
tomorrow, official sources said.
Set up in 1986 in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star
in Punjab, the commando unit has a strength of nearly 10,000
personnel, mainly drawn from the Army.
Medhekar will immediately have a task on hand - the
forthcoming Commonwealth Games -- in which NSG snipers will be
deployed at vantage points.