APF to guard border with China


Nepal is all set to mobilise armed police personnel at the northern border of Mustang and Tibet. The move follows a recent border talk that concluded between Nepal and China. A team led by Home Minister Bhim Rawal reached the upper Mustang today and inspected the border. A source said the Parbat-based Chandika APF Battalion has been given responsibility to study on the security force to be stationed at the border.

A team of 25 led by APF inspector Damodar Dhodari has already been dispatched to the border for a study. A report would be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs upon the completion of the study, Dhodari said. "The team will study on the border security and the infrastructure required for the upkeeping of the border security force," he added.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rawal said the government was ready to provide expenses for the infrastructure development at the border. Along with Minister Rawal, home secretary Govinda Kusum, investigation Chief Ashokdev Bhatta also visited upper Mustang, Muktinath temple area and Jomsom before setting out to Manang.

Talk team member and then CDO of Mustang Sundar Raj Aryal said that Nepal had already given an affirmative nod for the keeping of security force at the Nepal-China border. A dialogue towards that end conlcuded recently at Lhasa between Nepal government and its Chinese counterparts.

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