Rajnath hints no ITBP deployment with BSF in Jammu

Rajnath hints no ITBP deployment with BSF in Jammu

Jammu: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday indirectly denied reports about deployment of ITBP on the international border between India and Pakistan in Jammu region in addition to the BSF.

“Indo-TIbetan Border Police (ITBP) is deployed on the LAC (line of actual control) between India and China in the Ladakh region. ITBP Himalaya ki goad ki raksha karti hai (ITBP guards the lap of the Himalayas for the country),” the minister said while inaugurating the headquarters of 47th Battalion of ITBP in Kagwal area of Samba district.

“Since Kathua is the entry point to reach the lap of the Himalayas (Ladakh region) in the state, where the ITBP guards the LAC, it is necessary to station a battalion of this force at the entry point to reach the Himalayas,” he added.

Rajnath Singh’s statement thus indirectly dismissed reports about plans to augment Border Security Force (BSF) strength by deploying the ITBP on the international border in Jammu region.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and directors general of the ITBP and BSF were present at the inaugural function.

Rajnath Singh is scheduled to fly to Leh town on Monday afternoon to take stock of the situation on the LAC between India and China in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Monday on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh is visiting the state to take stock of the situation on the international border in the Jammu region and the line of actual control between India and China in the Ladakh region of the state. Jammu and Kashmir

The minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport in a BSF plane around 9 a.m. Jammu and Kashmir

Besides senior officers of the home ministry, Singh is accompanied by Director General BSF D.K. Pathak and DG ITBP Krishna Chaudhary.

Immediately after his arrival here, Singh left for the Samba border district where he will inaugurate an ITPB complex and also take a first hand account of the latest situation on the international border. Jammu and Kashmir

Highly-placed sources told Media Sources that the central government has decided to deploy ITBP to augment the strength of the BSF on and near the international border to check cross-border infiltration and address the issue of frequent ceasefire violations on the border by Pakistan.

Singh will fly to Leh town in the afternoon to review the situation on the line of actual control.

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