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Old 24-Nov-2010
India to boost security along china border

New Delhi November 24:

With the rising instances of border violation and aggressive patrolling as well boost of infrastructure on its side by China on the border along Arunachal Pradesh and J&K, there were indications that India is set to increase the presence of its security personnel in the Northeast.

The Ministry of Defence officials said that two mountain divisions will be deployed in Nagaland and Assam and will be "fully operational" by next year. The additional troops will be used to protect Arunachal. The two new Army divisions will comprise more than 36,000 men, according to a report published by BBC, and the same has been pushed by the Army Chief Gen VK Singh.

The 56th Division will be based in the nearby state of Nagaland to guard the eastern flank of Arunachal Pradesh from any probable Chinese attack through Burma. The other new formation, the 71st Division, will be based in Assam to protect central Arunachal Pradesh, according to the BBC report.

The IAF's Western Air Command (WAC) has also decided to develop its airbase and landing ground infrastructure in the entire northern region, particular in Jammu and Kashmir to strengthen its position here. On the last day of the two-day commanders conference of the WAC, the 'sword arm' of the IAF, it was also decided to provide a robust air maintenance operations for the Army's Commands operating in the region under its control.

It has in the last two years opened three strategically important Advanced Landing Grounds in Daulat Beg Oldi, Fuk Che and Nyoma in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to provide quicker access to troops during emergencies. It is also the lifeline for several lakh soldiers deployed in the high altitude areas of the region, carrying them to the forward areas, apart from supplying them fighting equipment, food and other essential items throughout the year.

The WAC commanders conference also debated issues regarding induction of new equipment and platforms, including the C-130J transport aircraft for Indian special forces that would be based in Hindan near Ghaziabad, Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems, Aerostats and critical radar systems for the hilly regions.

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