HP not evac­u­at­ing vil­lages along China bor­der for now

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTREGION - Gau­rav Bisht gau­rav.bisht@htlive.com

SHIMLA: The Hi­machal Pradesh gov­ern­ment does not plan to get the six vil­lages within 10 km of the bor­der with China evac­u­ated for now, but it has stepped up vigil in the area af­ter the re­cent face­off of In­dian and Chi­nese troops in eastern Ladakh that claimed the lives of 20 sol­diers.

Chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur re­viewed the sit­u­a­tion in the state’s re­gions along the China bor­der in tribal La­haul and Spiti and Kin­naur dis­tricts. Thakur, who also holds the state home port­fo­lio, met Hi­machal di­rec­tor gen­eral of police San­jay Kundu and the Indo Ti­betan Bor­der Police com­man­dant be­sides cen­tral in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials in Shimla, to take stock of op­er­a­tional pre­pared­ness on Fri­day.

Dur­ing the re­view meet­ing, it was de­cided that vil­lages along the bor­der will not be evac­u­ated for now.


Vil­lagers have been wor­ried due to es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions be­tween the two coun­tries. Nam­gia, Pooh, Tashigang, Sum­doh, Shalkar and Dubling are lo­cated within 10km of the bor­der.

Mean­while, DGP Kundu has asked su­per­in­ten­dents of police in Kin­naur and La­haul and Spiti dis­tricts to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in bor­der vil­lages.

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