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Updated: February 15, 2010 16:53 IST

Two mountain divisions being raised in the North-East: Antony

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Defence Minister, Mr. A. K. Antony at the Defexpo exhibition in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma
The Hindu Defence Minister, Mr. A. K. Antony at the Defexpo exhibition in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

Defence Minister A.K. Antony said the Army was raising two new mountain divisions in the North-East, along the borders with China, but dismissed suggestions that the move was against the neighbour.

“We are raising two mountain divisions in the North-East. I must tell you it is not against China. But these are being raised under the overall policies to strengthen the presence of the armed forces in the North-East,” Antony told a press conference on the occasion of the Sixth Def Expo here.

The Defence Minister asserted that India is not a “war-mongering” country and has “not invaded even an inch of soil of any other country ever” but added that “we will defend every inch of our territory.”

“We have to be on guard. So we have to strengthen our armed forces to act as a deterrent. That is our policy. That is why we are modernising all their equipment,” Antony said.

He said India had embarked on a modernisation programme for its armed forces that included securing the 7,500-km long coastline where the Navy and the Coast Guard were being strengthened.

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