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The role of Maroon Berets was in news recently with respect to Pathankot airbase operation.

Maroon Berets is a


  1. Bomb disposal squad

  2. Special anti-terror squad

  3. Parachute Regiment

  4. Border surveillance regiment


Solution

The correct option is C

Parachute Regiment


Experts believe that in Pathankot airbase operation instead of National Security Guard, Garud commandos of the Indian Air Force and Maroon. The very mandate of the NSG and the Garuds is different. The NSG has been raised for anti-hostage operations and confined battle situations.

Maroon Berets: These are the Parachute Regiment soldiers setup before independence and participated in the Second World War. They are known as “Maroon Berets” because of their characteristic maroon caps.

The Parachute Regiment has essentially two components — the parachute force and the Para SF, with battalions of 600-700 soldiers each. They are typically armed with Israeli Tavor-M assault rifles, Galil sniper rifles, M4A1 carbines, and Beretta and Uzi pistols. Para (Special Forces) is a special forces unit of the Indian Army's Parachute Regiment and is tasked with missions such as special opertions, direct action, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defence, counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency, seek and destroy and personnel recovery.

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