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India should encourage Bhutan for increase in deployment of soldiers around North Doklam: Par panel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

should encourage to ensure increase in the deployment of soldiers around Northern in the sector to check activities of in the sensitive region, a parliamentary panel has suggested in its draft report.

The Parliamentary Panel on External Affairs, headed by MP Shashi Tharoor, felt that increasing the number of soldiers in North was important for safeguarding India's strategic interests in the region.

The draft report, circulated among the panel's members on August 6, did not clarify whether the committee was favouring increasing the deployment of Indian troops in the region.

Troops of and were locked in a 73-day standoff in in the sector from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped construction of a road in the disputed tri-junction by the

and have a dispute over Doklam and both the countries have been holding talks to resolve the issue.

The parliamentary panel also suggested that should remain alert and watchful in the Doklam area even though last year's face-off between Indian and Chinese armies was resolved peacefully.

It is clear that (PLA) took advantage of absence of Bhutanese soldiers in Batangla-Merugla-Sinchela ridgeline, which is in Bhutan, the panel noted.

Therefore, the committee recommends deployment of higher number of soldiers in Northern Doklam. India should encourage for it so that the could be stopped from pushing the limit of the tri-junction point, it said.

is a member of the 31-member panel, where a majority of the members are from the BJP.

Some members of the committee travelled to and to take stock of ground situations and meet senior officials there.

The panel has been briefed several times on the situation in Doklam by S Jaishankar, former foreign secretary, and his successor

The foreign ministry officials had informed the panel that Bhutan was firmly with India on the issue, sources in the panel said.

They said during discussions, Gandhi had questioned foreign ministry officials on China's objective and why chose Doklam to trigger a confrontation.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 18:45 IST