Indian troopers to ski down Mount Everest

October 23rd, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghNew Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Eight troopers of the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are training at high altitudes to set a world record by skiing down Mount Everest next year, a top official said Thursday. “Twenty of our men along with twenty technical staff would be going on an expedition to Mount Everest from the Chinese side in March next year. This team includes eight well-trained mountain skiers, who will ski down from Everest,” said ITBP Director General Vikram Srivastva.

“It would be a world record if our men successfully ski down from that height. Earlier two foreigners have attempted the same but lost their lives,” Srivastva told reporters at the annual press meet here.

He said his troopers would begin their expedition under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Harbhajan Singh in the third week of March and depending on the weather it would be completed in May.

Last year the force has made similar plans but China denied it permission.

Srivastva also said the force is raising 20 additional battalions and they would also be deployed for internal security job.

“We are also raising bomb disposal squads, setting driving schools to train troopers in mountain driving, buying new weapons and setting up three new training centres,” he added.

Srivastva denied that any incident of infiltration or incursion by the Chinese army had taken place at the 3400 km India-China border guarded by his force.

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