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‘Border infrastructure to be at par with China’

Last Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 17:17

New Delhi: The ITBP is trying to increase its
infrastructure and logistics "commensurate" to what China is
developing along the Sino-Indian border, newly appointed chief
of the force Ranjit Sinha said on Thursday.

Sinha, a 1974 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, spelt out
his priorities as he took over the reins of the 45,000-
personnel-strong force.

Incumbent Director General R K Bhatia retired yesterday.

"Information has been received that development of
infrastructure is being done on the Chinese side. We are
increasing and enhancing our infrastructure in a commensurate
way," Sinha told reporters when asked about reports of China
increasing its strength on its side of the border.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) guards 3,488 km of
the Sino-Indian frontier.

Sinha, however, said that according to information he has
the "situation is normal and no incident" has happened along
the China border.

The topography on both sides is different from each other
and the government is making efforts to upgrade infrastructure
along the border, he said.

Sinha has earlier served as the chief of Railway
Protection Force (RPF) and the mountain trained force as its
Additional Director General (ADG).

"We are also enhancing facilities for jawans guarding the
borders and we will keep the government informed about all
these initiatives," he said.

Sinha also said that the force is raising an exclusive
wing to patrol water bodies in the Himalayan region, a task
performed in coordination with the Army at present.


First Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 17:17
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