07/02/2014, 00.00
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India: "military training" for civilians living on border, to counter China

An idea of the Narendra Modi government to halt the incursions of Beijing. The project involves the creation of paramilitary forces to be attached to the regular security troops "in case of emergency."

New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Indian government plans to give military training to  groups of civilians so they can defend themselves from the incursions by Beijing, thus creating paramilitary troops among people living along the Chinese border. Anonymous sources in the Ministry of the Interior report that the goal is to prepare these people - even giving them weapons - to assist security forces already operative in the South-East and in Jammu and Kashmir, "in case of emergencies".

The decision taken by the executive comes after a raid carried out by China in the area of Lake Pangong in Ladakh.

The policy adopted by the Government of newly elected premier Narendra Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Hindu ultra-nationalist BJP), is in stark contrast to that adopted by the previous Congress government, which had prevented the formation of any civilian paramilitary movement along the border.


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