Nepal Army ‘MI17’ Helicopter deploys APF to Chhangru, Darchula today

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Nepal Army (NA) has deployed its Russian made Mi-17 V5 ‘NA-057’ Helicopter to airlift a team for Darchula district for setting up an Armed Police Force (APF) unit. The deployment will set a base camp in that area for securing the border around the Lipu Lekh area, to break off the Indian action of unilaterally constructing and inaugurating a road by encroaching on Nepali territory.

The Helicopter left Mid Air Base of Nepal Army at Tribhuvan International Airport this morning under the command of three army flight crews for Darchula making a fuel stopover Surkhet Airport. The Helicopter will also conduct the necessary shuttles to Darchula and Chhangru, Surkhet Sector if necessary.

According to Chief of APF Nepal No. 50 Company, Deputy Superintendent of APF Dambar Bahadur Bista, the team consisting 25 members are being mobilized under the command of Police Inspector Mili Bahadur Chand for this task.

Although the government had decided to keep a BOP at Chhangru in November last year itself, it had not be implemented till yesterday. 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 other 13 places only, APF Spokesman DIG Prabin Kumar Shrestha said.

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