R K Medhekar appointed NSG chief
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 21:52
  
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 superannuated today.

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.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 21:52


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