New Delhi, Sept 28: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a four-day visit to Uttarakhand on Thursday. During his visit, the Union Minister will tour areas bordering China, including Barahoti, which is manned by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and has witnessed incursions by the People’s Liberation Army in the past. In July this year, the Chinese troops had reportedly come into as much as one kilometre in Barahoti.
The minister will interact with the border security forces to understand the behavior of Chinese troops in the area. His visit will be a significant one as it will be the first such by a senior minister in the NDA government after the resolution of the Doklam issue.
Later in the day on Thursday, Singh will address IAS trainees at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. The minister is expected to spend the night in Mussoorie.
On the second day of his visit, on Friday, the minister will visit areas close to the India-China border in Chamoli district. He may also visit ITBP border outposts at Rimkhim, Mana and Auli areas during his four-day visit.
Doklam standoff started when on June 16, 2017 Chinese troops with construction vehicles and road-building equipment began extending an existing road southward in Doklam, a territory which is claimed by both China as well as India’s ally Bhutan. Indian troops objected to Chinese aggression. Finally on August 28, both India and China announced that they had withdrawn all their troops from the face-off site in Doklam.
The 3,488 km-long India-China border stretches through Jammu and Kashmir (1,597 km), Himachal Pradesh (200 km), Uttarakhand (345 km), Sikkim (220 km) and Arunachal Pradesh (1,126 km).
The Sino-Indian border is not fully demarcated and the process of clarifying and confirming the Line of Actual Control is in progress.
(Inputs from Agencies)