China violated airspace 2-3 times, says ITBP
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The chief of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), a force raised after the Chinese aggression of 1962, said on Thursday that the India-China border was "disputed" and "the border line marked by India was not recognised by the Chinese".
ITBP DG Ranjit Sinha said the Line of Actual Control was a "grey area" and almost all the land violations that took place were "perceived violations".
ITBP officials also said there were "air space incursions" by Chinese helicopters. "There were 2-3 air violations. It happened in May and June," said ITBP IG M S Bhurji.
To give a breather to the men posted at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet on the Chinese border, ITBP has decided to rotate their deployment with the ones deployed on the plains every few months.
For this the ITBP is all set to rope in additional 12,000 men mainly from border areas in J&K and from the Maoist-affected areas.
"The force has now more than 77,000 men and women in its ranks and files. Its strength will further increase to 89,000 by 2015," Sinha said.
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