Dedicated Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) to Guard Embassies

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Dedicated Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) 

to Guard Embassies

The existing Diplomatic Se­curity Force formed in 1973 only guards foreign diplomats in New Delhi but is transitory, filled with baton-wielding police borrowed from police posts of .New Delhi district

 
Last February’s bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s vehicle and intel­ligence outlook of brazen attempts has prodded India to create a dedicated Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) that would guard embassies and staff of strategically relevant nations such as the US, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China.
DPG would be drawn from central paramilitary forces. The government is also considering deploying the special­ ised force at India’s embassies in critical countries to protect the Indian embassies and its staff. New Delhi has a mish­mash security force abroad with BSF personnel deployed in Sri Lanka, ITBP in Afghanistan and OSP in Pakistan. There has been repeated request from Indian High Commission in Islamabad to provide counter-attack specialists as there is a great threat to their families.
The DPG could also be used to provide protection cover to Indian digni­ taries visiting abroad on the lines of the US model. The existing Diplomatic Se­curity Force formed in 1973 only guards foreign diplomats in New Delhi but is transitory, filled with baton-wielding police borrowed from police posts of .New Delhi district. The new outfit would be armed with latest armoury and snooping gadgets and would be stationed outside the sensitive embassies and consulates throughout the country.

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