Recruit training centres of Indo-Tibetan Border Police were training more recruits than their capacity due to increased recruitment in the last three years, according to its Inspector General (Training Zone) Nitin Agrawal.

After inspecting a passing out parade of 277 constables (general duty) at the recruit training centres (RTC) at Illuppaikudi in Sivaganga district on Wednesday, Mr. Agrawal said that the force had added 15,000 persons to its strength in recent years.

“Besides doubling the number of recruits being trained at the RTCs, we had additional training centres to meet the increasing requirement,” Mr. Agrawal said.

Stating that ITBP was guarding the 3,488 km-long Chinese border, he said the force was increasingly used for internal security also like VIP security and for guarding vital installations.

ITBP forces were deployed outside the country like in providing security to the Indian embassy in Afghanistan and on United Nations peace keeping missions in various countries.

Speaking at the passing out parade, Mr. Agrawal congratulated the family members of the recruits for having sent their wards to the service of the nation in highly difficult terrain.

The Deputy Inspector General, R.K. Patariya, said that the recruits were given 44 weeks of rigorous training in physical training, weapon handling, drill, map reading, battle craft, field craft, counter insurgency operations and karate.

Sivaganga Superintendent of Police Ashwin Kotnis was present at the passing out parade.

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