Dhumal draws PM`s attention to Chinese incursions
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012, 21:31
  
Shimla: Drawing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's attention to "repeated Chinese incursions" into Indian territory, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has asked him to take steps to tone up infrastructure network close to Sino-Indian borders located in the hill state.

In a letter to Singh, Dhumal put emphasis on building the strategic Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu-Manali-Leh-Ladakh rail link at the earliest, broad gauging of Pathankot-Jogindernagar railway line and also a strategically world class air field on the India side in Himachal Pradesh. in view of growing threat from the neighbouring country.

While long range missiles on the Tibetan soil were a constant threat, large number of Chinese troops have been spotted in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), Dhumal said.

"Chinese soldiers have forced the stoppage of road construction in Leh-Ladakh area and China disputes the sovereign integrity of India by protesting against your visit to the state of Arunachal Pradesh which is a matter of concern," the letter said.

Apart from a state-of-the-art railway network, China has commissioned an ultra modern air-field on the Tibetan soil and it was understood that strategically important massive installations have come up on the other side of the border which could not be taken lightly, he said.

The bitter lesson of 1962 (India-China war) should have resulted in putting in place an effective deterrent mechanism, on our side too, he said.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012, 21:31


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