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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been safeguarding the India-China borders since its inception on October 24, 1962.
During the India-Pakistan war of 1971, 02 battalions of ITBP were deployed on the Western Front.
ITBP commandos took over security at the 9th Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1981-82 as a Special Responsibility. The tasks of Anti-Terrorist Security Duty during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting-1983 and security during Non-Aligned Movement-1983 were also given to ITBP.
ITBP was deployed to stop the bank robberies by terrorists in Punjab in 1987.
ITBP was deployed in Jammu and Kashmir during peak of militancy in the state from 1990 to 2004 and killed many top militants in various operations against terrorists in the State.
ITBP was deployed from 2004 to 2008 to protect the road construction work done from Delaram to Zaranj in Afghanistan. The Force was deployed in Gurguri, Minar and Zaranj to protect the construction works by BRO India.
ITBP has been performing the task of security of the Indian Embassy in Kabul since 2002 and subsequently 4 other Consulates in Afghanistan till the year 2021. The brave commandos of ITBP have performed their duties with great bravery and courage and have thwarted many fidayeen attacks targeting Indian offices in Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad and Mazar-e-Sharif.
The Force and its officers have played a significant role in UN security missions in many nations across the globe including DR Congo, Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo and various other countries.
ITBP has carried out many successful operations in Chhattisgarh against Left Wing Extremism (LWE) since its deployment in 2009, in which many Naxalites were killed, hundreds of Naxalites surrendered and a huge amount of ammunition was recovered.
Taking a historic decision in the field of Women Empowerment, ITBP has deployed women personnel at its Border Out Posts since 2016.
ITBP has conducted many relief and rescue operations as the first responder in the Himalayan regions. In the catastrophic floods in Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) in the year 2013, ITBP came to the fore as the first disaster response force in the areas affected by the floods. A relief and rescue operation was carried out at the war level, in which 33,009 people were rescued by making bridges and paths with local resources.
ITBP rescued 12 citizens from a flooded tunnel and distributed essential materials to the affected villages during the disaster caused by the flood after a glacial burst in Tapovan, Uttarakhand in February, 2021.
ITBP is Pioneer in the field of adventure sports like mountaineering, skiing, river rafting, ice hockey etc. The Force has carried out a record 220+ successful mountaineering expeditions, including four successful climbs to Mount Everest. The Force has won the national Ice Hockey championship many times.
ITBP has organized Ganga Cleanliness Jan Jagran Abhiyans twice through river rafting campaigns during the year 2012 and 2015.
ITBP has been awarded with many awards including Padma Shri-7, Kirti Chakra-2, Shaurya Chakra-6, Sena Medal-1, President's Police Medal for Gallantry-19, President's Police and Fire Service Medal for Gallantry-2 , Police Medal for Gallantry-131, Parakram Padak-79, Best Jeevan Raksha Padak-2, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak-13, Jeevan Raksha Padak-12, Prime Minister's Jeevan Raksha Padak-88, and Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award-13 etc.
ITBP's Marching Contingent has won the 'Best Marching Contingent' trophy 06 times during the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath. The ITBP tableau was showcased at the Republic Day Parade twice in 1998 and 2018.