No threat from China: New ITBP chief


New Delhi : No recent Chinese aggression has taken place on the India-China border and there is no threat from the neighbouring country, Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Ranjit Sinha said Thursday.

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Sinha, a 1974 batch Bihar cadre Indian Police Services officer, took over as the chief of the para-military force in a ceremony held here.

“We would be modernizing our force on the India-China border and are in expansion mode. However, there is no threat from China as of now,” Sinha told reporters after assuming charge.

“Any incident which requires us to be concerned has not come up,” he added.

Sinha said that 40 companies (one company has around 130 soldiers) of ITBP would be formed this year and four battalions (each battalion has around seven companies) would be raised next year.

“We would be setting up new training centres and also strengthening our presence in Afghanistan. A water wing has also been raised recently to patrol water bodies on the India-China border,” said Sinha.

The Indian army manned the water bodies for ITBP till now, said ITBP.

“Around 200 men and 25 boats have been assigned the role of guarding the water bodies,” said Sinha.

ITBP was conceived Oct 24, 1962 and is deployed on border guarding duties covering 3,488 km of the India-China border, manning border outposts at altitudes ranging from 9,000 to 18,600 feet in the western, middle and eastern sector of the Sino-Indian border.