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‘BSF, BGB ties have improved during COVID-19 pandemic’

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 22 | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 2:04:08 PM IST

The traditional bonhomie between the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh has been further strengthened with both the frontier forces working in tandem to keep the India-Bangladesh border safe, especially during these times of global pandemic.

“The Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), while guarding the international border are also setting an  unprecedented example of friendship between them and acting as ambassadors of their respective countries. While on Western border, BSF faces an adversary in Pakistan army and Pakistan Rangers, on Eastern Border, BSF and BGB are proving to be strong allies in fighting smuggling and other trans-border crimes,” BSF Meghalaya Frontier  Headquarters Spokesperson, U.K.Nayal said. “The trust, understanding and coordination between both the border guarding forces are unparalleled and touching new heights. In present scenario of COVID-19 and floods in the border areas, both the forces are tackling smuggling and other trans-border crimes with excellent coordination and trust among them,” he said

“There is a smooth exchange of information between the forces upon which prompt action is being taken. Both the forces are carrying out simultaneous coordinated patrols on sensitive patches to curb smuggling and create a sense of security among the border population,” Nayal said.

Stating that both the forces are also prompt in responding to each other’s call, the BSF Spokesperson cited examples of how earlier this year, an INSAS rifle and a magazine were snatched away by “Bangladesh miscreants” after a surprise attack on BSF patrol of Border Out Post Rongtilla and in a very short span of time the arms and ammunition were recovered after the BSF approached the BGB. “In another such instance, during Amphan cyclone, a BSF speed boat with 6 troops on board swept away towards Bangladesh into the strong currents of the river Dova. On the call of BSF, prompt action was taken by BGB and these troops were rescued and later returned safely,” he said.

Pointing out that India and Bangladesh share a common history and a very strong relationship, which is reflected on the border guarding forces of both the country too, Nayal said, “BSF remains in constant touch with BGB and they share information regarding smuggling and other criminal activities with each other on a regular basis. 

A coordinated and synergized effort towards the management of the border is the need of the hour and both the forces are committed towards maintaining peace and tranquility in the bordering areas.”

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