Hyderabad: Commandos from GreyHounds, a special force which undertakes high risk operations against Maoists in Telangana, will now be part of the high security cordon around Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
A group of 18 GreyHounds commandos, armed with an array of sophisticated weapons, including AK-47s, joined the Chief Minister’s security party on Monday, with their first assignment being to guard him as he visited the Telangana Bhavan to attend a meeting of Telangana Rashtra Samithi functionaries, including Ministers, MPs and MLAs.
The Intelligence Security Wing (ISW), which takes care of the Chief Minister’s security, had replaced the personnel from the Telangana State Special Police (TSSP) who used to guard the Chief Minister with the Greyhounds men considering the ‘prevailing security situation’.
The Chief Minister is currently under the ‘Z’ plus category security.
“We have started deploying the GreyHounds personnel in the CM’s convoy from Monday,” a senior official told Telangana Today.
Another reason for introducing the elite GreyHounds team was that the commandos were well trained in handling weapons with accuracy when compared to the TSSP men, he said.
“Our main objective is to ensure foolproof security to the CM and towards that the decision to rope in the Greyhounds commandos was taken,” the official said.
Like the National Security Guards, the GreyHounds personnel, who undergo rigorous training, will now control those who try to get close to the Chief Minister and meet him during his tour to districts and other public functions.