India creates new border posts along Bhutan border

India has created 18 new border posts and deployed additional troops along the Bhutanese borders in order, what it says, to effectively check entry of criminals and curb smuggling of arms.

The proposal was in the pipeline for sometime and the decision on it has been prompted by the July 7 bombings in Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India media reports say quoting sources.

While five new border outposts have been created along the Indo-Nepal border as well.

A fresh contingent of armed paramilitary personnel drawn from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have been deployed at these new posts.

India shares a 699km open border with Bhutan in south, east and west.

India deploys over 21,000 SSB personnel along the borders with Bhutan and Nepal in 22 battalions.

With the creation of these posts, India now has a total of 160 posts along the frontier with Bhutan, equipped with surveillance gadgets.

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