A team has left Kathmandu Wednesday for Darchula district for setting up an Armed Police Force (APF) unit in that area for securing the border around the Lipu Lekh area. APF's border outpost (BOP) is being set up at Chhangru of Byas rural municipality in Darchula district.
An APF contingent will be airlifted to Chhangru today by a Nepal Army's MI-17 helicopter. The APF unit will mobilize for border security in the area after India unilaterally constructed and inaugurated a road by encroaching on Nepali territory. India has constructed road from Pithoragadh to Lipubhanjyang via Gunji of Kalapani on the Nepali side of the border. The road connects Pithoragadh to Manasarovar of China.
The government is sending the APF team to the area for securing the country's border. Twenty five personnel would be mobilized at the BOP. Chief of APF Nepal No. 50 Company, DSP Dambar Bahadur Bishta, said the 25-member team would be mobilized under the command of Inspector Mili Bahadur Chand.
Although the government had decided to keep a BOP at Chhangru in November last year itself, it could not be implemented till date. At that time APF had 107 BOPs stationed at the border. In November-December, the government decided to increase the number of BOPs to 114 BOPs. After that APF's BOPs were established at 13 places only, APF Spokesman DIG Prabin Kumar Shrestha said.