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India moves strategic ITBP command to Leh, to counter China’s military buildup in Tibet

India moves strategic ITBP command to Leh, to counter China’s military buildup in Tibet
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Amid growing concerns over the Chinese military buildup along the eastern flank of the country, the government has ordered moving a strategic ITBP command from its current base in Chandigarh by over 960 km to the border of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said Thursday. The North West (NW) frontier of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), tasked to guard the 3,488-km long Sino-India border in peace times, is headed by an Inspector General (IG) of police-rank officer, which is equivalent to a Major General rank in the Army.

The frontier, according to documents accessed by PTI, has been ordered to move ‘lock, stock, and barrel’ by March-end and will have to be operationalised at the new location from April 1. The Leh district in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir is the base for the 14 Corps of the Army that is headed by a Lt General-rank officer and the new shift will allow a better interaction between the two forces “for strategic and defence planning”, official sources said.

ITBP Director General (DG) S S Deswal confirmed the move to the news agency, saying the new frontier will be moved from Chandigarh to Leh and will be made operational from April this year. “We have to be on the border and that is why the frontier is being sent to the forward area,” the DG said. The Union home ministry had first mooted the proposal for this strategic move in 2015 but it did not materialise owing to some “administrative reasons”. @FE

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