The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs is considering the creation of a 29-battalion India-Myanmar Border Force from the corps of the Assam Rifles and the Indo-Tibetan Border Force to patrol (ITBP) India’s 1,643-kilometre mountainous border with Myanmar to curtail drugs and arms smuggling and also crimp the activities of Manipuri and Naga insurgents who take advantage of the porous border.
The new force will patrol right up to the border. Currently, the 46-battalion strong Assam Rifles safeguards the border but patrols up to 500 metres from the so-called zero line, which leaves the border partly unprotected.
According to the proposal, seen by the Hindustan Times, 25 battalions of Assam Rifles will be paired with 4 battalions from ITBP to form the new force. The ITBP will be in charge.
This will ensure that ITBP not only patrols the 3488-km Line of Actual Control with China but also the border with Myanmar. “The proposal will be put up before the Union Cabinet after due diligence and obtaining the views of the forces guarding the Indian borders,” said a senior Home Ministry official, who asked not to be identified. Read More…