China made 140 incursions in a year: ITBP chief

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Director-General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police V K Joshi today admitted that there have been at least 140 instances of Chinese incursions into Indian territory during the past year.

''The incursions have been happening at different points from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. But that has been mainly due to non-demarcation of the international border. Their perception of the border is different from ours,'' said Mr Joshi, addressing a press conference here, on the eve of the 46th Raising Day of the force.

But he made it clear that there has never been a serious standoff or any eyeball to eyeball confrontation with the Chinese forces.

Asserting that the Indian forces were fully prepared for any eventuality, Mr Joshi, however, admitted that the Chinese were much better equipped in terms of communication facilities and infrastructure.

The DG said the ITBP was also on a major expansion mode, with a sanction of 20 battalions, two zonal headquarters and six SHQRs.

He said the recruitments are being carried out in phases. Already 13 battalions have been established and their personnel were at present undergoing basic training. The units will be ready for operational deployment by next year.

''The expansion was very much needed as it would help us rotate troops from high to low altitudes. It would be a great morale booster as it would give the units much needed relief, recuperation and training,'' he said.


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