India to bolster Indo Tibetan Border Police

  • India will raise seven new battalions of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in the next few years, a minister said on 15 Feb, amid tensions with neighbour China that led to deadly border clashes in 2020 and scuffles late 2022.
  • The ITBP primarily guards the India-China border, stretching from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh in India’s north to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh state in the east. Indian and Chinese troops have been involved in hand-to-hand clashes at some areas of the frontier in the past few years.
  • The new battalions, approved in a cabinet meeting and to come up by 2025/2026, will cover 47 new border outposts and 12 staging camps of the ITBP, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told a news conference.

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