Indo Tibetan Border Police, ITBP is an armed police force under the Government of India, formed on 24th October, 1962. ITBP is one of the eight Central Armed Police Forces (CRPF).
The Logo of ITBP
Formed during Chinese Aggression
This body of police force was formed by the Nehru government in the wake of the war declared by China on India on October 20th, 1962, to guard the Indian border along Tibetan Autonomous Region. The Tibetan region was used as a base by the Chinese forces to launch its offensive on India.
Guards 3488 Km of Indo China Border
Today, the CRPF continue to guard the Indian borders from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh, covering 3488 Km of Indo China Border and manning Border Outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000 feet to 18700 feet in the Western, Middle and Eastern Sector of the Indo China Border.
Indo Tibetan Border Police Force
4 battalions to 45 battalions
Originally started with 4 battalions, ITBP has now expanded to 45 battalions.
ITBP are specialized forces for covering mountainous regions. They are professional mountaineers and skiers.
ITPB Forces in the height of the Himalayas
An ITBP Patrol in the Himalayas
In the last few the ITBP has also been playing a new role in disaster management. ITBP was the first to respond to the Himalayan Tsunami that had struck Uttarkhand last year. They carried out many rescue operations and relief works during this natural disaster.
In UN Peace Keeping
Apart from its area of deployment, ITBP has also been playing its role in other countries. ITBP is a part of the UN Peace keeping operation and have been deployed for peace keeping in countries like Bosnia, Namibia, Angola, Cambodia Afghanistan, Sudan and Congo.
Security to Pilgrims
ITBP has also been providing security to the pilgrims of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from 1981.
ITBP forces helping Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrims
A stamp has been released by the Government of India in commemoration of the contributions of the ITBP forces.
Salute the ITBP forces
On this ITBP formation day, let us salute the police force which has played a vital role in security, disaster relief and peacekeeping, in the country and the world.