Uttarakhand CM Nishank calls for specialised mountain force
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Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009, 14:21
Dehradun: Amid reports of Chinese incursions at certain places, Uttarakhand Chief Minister RP Nishank today called for setting up a specialised mountain security force to guard the hostile Himalayan terrains along the Sino-India border.

"On the lines of Coast Guards who are manning the coastal line of India, there is an urgent need to set up a specialised mountain security force in the entire Himalayan border with China to boost the internal security," he said.

A proposal to this effect has already been moved to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting on internal security held in New Delhi last month, the Chief Minister said.

Nishank claimed that most of the states like Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, which also share borders with China, have supported his proposal for the mountain force.

He said the country's borders with China and Nepal are porous which also pose terrorist threat, besides China has built roads near the border and India has to remain vigilant in this regard.

Nishank also called for strengthening vigilance at border villages to stop migration from the neighbouring countries and said the locals should be provided with identity cards.

When asked whether there was any Chinese incursion into Uttarakhand, Nishank said he has no such information. "This is a central subject and I am trying to gather information," he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009, 14:21

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