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Mustang gets border checkpost, more in offing

February 16, 2010

Dilip Paudel
Republica (Nepal)
February 15, 2010

BAGLUNG, Feb 15 -- In the face of rising Chinese
concern over anti-China activities in the border
areas, the government has started the process to
set up border security force (BSF) at the northern border point.

As part of the first phase, it has established a
BSF checkpost in Mustang which will be manned by
Armed Police Force (APF) personnel. This will be
followed by another checkpost in Manang.

The Home Ministry has said that work is on to
mobilize resources to set up BSF checkposts in
Solukhumbu, Sindhuli, Taplejung, Dolakha and
Sankhuwasabha districts as well. An APF team has
already reached Mustang to establish the checkpost.

Madan Singh Bista, chief of Chandika battalion in
Parvat, said, "As per the government´s plan to
establish security posts, the police team has now come to Mustang."

Bista informed that the post will be set up at
Lomanthang, which borders Tibet. He said at
present the BSF team consisting 27 security
personnel, is in Jomsom, Mustang, due to heavy snow deposits at Lomanthang.

The BSF team under the command of DSP Narayan
Shrestha will be sent to Lomanthang soon and the
number of security personnel in the team will be
increased to 46, Bista informed.

With the setting up of the checkpost, it is also
hoped that the customs point between Mustang and
Tibet would operate smoothly thereby easing the
way for the locals to import daily items from
Tibet. The locals of Mustang have been facing
problems as the Korala and Chusang checkpoints
between Mustang and Tibet remain closed time and again.

The spokesperson at the Home Ministry, Jaya
Mukunda Khanal, said, "After Mustang and Manang,
we will set up more checkposts in other districts
as well for which we are mobilizing resources."

The government has already set up 17 checkposts
from Jhapa to Kanchanpur along the border with India.
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