The security of VVIP personals is a headache for security agencies due to increasing global terrorism, just like terrorists are developing new techniques to attack any person our security agencies are also evolving techniques and types of equipment to protect them, security agencies around the globe use many things for creating a security bubble including Guns, jammers and armoured vehicles.
Special Protection Group or SPG is the premier organisation for providing security for the Prime Minister. They are also responsible for security of former prime ministers and their family, but the family or the former prime minister can decline SPG protection.
Recently, during republic day parade Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to sit in his car and head towards the spectators to greet them, SPG seemed very cautious and we could see their ears straight and eyes focused but other than P90’s, two SPG operatives carry a weird suitcase.
So what actually this suitcase is? Is it a nuclear button which should be compulsorily within few feet from the prime minister but it looks so thin for it, it is actually a portable fold out ballistic shield which offers impressive NIJ level 3 ballistic protection. Whenever security forces smells any threat or any type of suspicious activity, they just have to flick the folded shield downwards to deploy it quickly to secure the prime minister.
SPG also have a quick response team known as CAT (Counter Assault Team). This team uses state of the art weapon systems like Fn-2000, P-90, Glock-17, Glock-19 and Fn-Five Seven, this team is trained through rigorous training regime. Counter Assault Team takes swift action during any attack on the prime minister.
SPG also provides protection to domestic as well as international guests, during many diplomatic visits of leaders around the world, you can see them everywhere checking every corner and eliminating every possible threat.
SPG comes under Cabinet Secretariat and commanded by Director General who is basically from Indian Police Service and the operatives are from Central Armed Police Force and Railway Protection Force, but the officers are from the IPS or officers of the RPF. SPG is continuously providing top notch security to VVIP.
We salute the brave SPG who protects our prime minister round the clock, Jai Hind.