ITBP says Pakistan daily report on movement of troops 'factually incorrect'

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New Delhi, Jan.12 (ANI): The report published in the Pakistan Observer on Monday titled 'Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh' which attributed statements regarding movement of troops on the India China border to Indo Tibetan Border Police Force's Director General Vikram Srivastava has been described by a spokesperson of the Force as 'factually incorrect'.

The Pakistan newspaper correspondent Afshain Afzal on January 11, 2010, quoted Vikram Srivastava, DG, ITBP as stating: "Additional troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have already started moving to undertake Short Range Patrols (SRP). ITBP Director-General Vikram Srivastava has recently disclosed that India has around 140 BOPs on 3,500-km-long border with China and the new 50 BOPs would increase vigilance." The report further stated Srivastava as 'disclosing' that "these posts are located at heights ranging from 9,000 to 18,500 feet while 60 percent of them are not connected by roads are being maintained by helicopters."

"It is clarified that the statements attributed to Shri Vikram Srivastava, DG, ITBP are factually incorrect. Director General of ITBP has not discussed the old or new BOPs , or the movement of ITBP patrols with any member of the media. The facts and figures mentioned in the report are not only wrong but have also been erroneously attributed to the Director General," said ITBP in a release on Tuesday. (ANI)

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