Post Doklam, SSB strengthens presence on India-Bhutan border

Post Doklam, SSB strengthens presence on India-Bhutan border

Bhopal: Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) recruits during their passing out parade at Chandukhedi near Bhopal on June 13, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
Bhopal: Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) recruits during their passing out parade at Chandukhedi near Bhopal on June 13, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) -- the country's youngest paramilitary force -- on Wednesday said it has increased its strength along the India-Bhutan border in view of the Doklam standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies."Following Doklam standoff, SSB is slightly increasing its presence in the eastern part of Sikkim on India-Bhutan border," its Director General Rajni Kant Mishra said at the annual function of the force here.According to the newly-appointed SSB chief, a 1984 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer, several border outposts have been set up along the border.The SSB has guarded the 1,751-km India-Nepal and 699-km India-Bhutan borders since its inception.Indian and Chinese soldiers were locked in a 73-day standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim section of the India-China border over the building of a road by the Chinese military in the area that is claimed by Bhutan. The crisis was resolved on August 28.--IANSrak/nir/mr

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