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A Friendly Contest

09 Oct 2015

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A three-day shooting championship between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India kicked off on September 29 near Jalpaiguri in West Bengal to promote friendly ties between the two countries.

A team comprising 14 personnel from both sides participated in the structured championship, where the participants were to shoot targets from different positions.

 

The two countries also agreed to resolve the issues concerning the fishermen drifting inadvertently across the maritime boundaries, and in a gesture of good-will, started sending back such fishermen with their boats.
On the occasion, a placard bearing the message ‘Indo-Bangladesh Friendship’ was released and was lifted in air by balloons. BGB Additional Director Major Nuruddin said the shooting competition would help strengthen relationship between the two forces and resolve small differences on both sides of the border.

 

“The relationship between Bangladesh and India is improving gradually; therefore, it is imperative on our part that both BGB and BSF maintain good relationship. The shooting championship is a step in the same direction. It also helps to eliminate differences between the two forces in informal manner, and it has borne a positive result thus far” said BSF IG, Frontier Headquarters, North Bengal, Narayan Choubey.

 

When asked who will win BGB or BSF, both officers were unanimous that the championship is taking place in such a friendly environment that both sides will be happy, come what may, victory or defeat.

 

Earlier, Joint Working Group (JWG) and Home Secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh concluded in February in New Delhi amid much bonhomie. India and Bangladesh unanimously agreed to increase cooperation in border management through increased joint patrolling and deployment of troops in unguarded border areas, particularly along the borders facing Tripura and Mizoram.

 

A press release issued at the end of bilateral engagement said that both the countries agreed to enhance cooperation in border management by way of coordinated border management plan and increase joint patrolling for minimizing crimes committed by smugglers and criminals along the border.

 

The two countries also agreed to resolve the issues concerning the fishermen drifting inadvertently across the maritime boundaries, and in a gesture of good-will, started sending back such fishermen with their boats.

 

The press release further stated that the Indian delegation appreciated the steps taken to act against people carrying fake Indian currency notes and action taken against the Indian insurgent groups which take shelter in the bordering areas of Bangladesh.

It noted with satisfaction that the meetings of Deputy Commissioners / District Magistrates of the districts bordering India and Bangladesh have been resumed after a long time. “Both the countries have expressed satisfaction over these meetings which have proved very fruitful in resolving local issues immediately without following the long process of referring the matters to the respective central governments”, the release added.

 

It may not be out of place here to mention here that on November 6, 2013 the two neighbouring countries witnessed a historic Retreat ceremony at Benapole-Petrapole border by the BGB and BSF. Dressed in full regalia, the two forces lowered their respective national flags in keeping with the existing cordial and harmonious relations between the two countries and the two border guarding forces. The Retreat ceremony focused on the aspects of shared Bengali culture and heritage.

 

Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, DG BGB, in his welcome address on the occasion of Retreat ceremony said that the atmosphere of bonhomie and fraternity between the two forces is unique and unprecedented. The close cooperation has fetched rich dividends not only for the two border guarding forces by way of better border management but also for both the countries by way of stable bilateral relations.

Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, DG BGB, in his welcome address on the occasion of Retreat ceremony said that the atmosphere of bonhomie and fraternity between the two forces is unique and unprecedented.

 

The bonhomie and fraternity existing between the two forces were very much in evidence on August 15, India’s 69th Independence Day, when BSF troops stationed along Bangladesh-India border at Akhaura were seen warmly greeting their Bangladeshi counterparts and exchanging pleasantries with them. They were also distributing sweets among the BGB personnel in the Agartala check post. This gesture was reciprocated by the BGB personnel.

 

Sweets are exchanged during various festivities like Eid, Diwali, Holi, Victory Day and India’s Republic Day. To enhance bilateral relations, exchange of sweets between the two countries along the border is an old and traditional gesture to show goodwill between the two nations and has been in practice for many years now.




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