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Dhumal draws PM`s attention to Chinese incursions

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.


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