BGB, BSF begin beating the retreat at Benapole October 2

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Bangladesh and Indian border forces will set rolling the first-ever ceremonial drill between the countries in the Benapole-Petrapole frontiers in Jessore on October 2 to enhance ‘friendly relations’ amid continued border killing and firing, Border Guard Bangladesh officials said.
‘The first joint drill will be held at the border outpost and we have completed all the required formalities,’ the BGB’s deputy director general (operations and training) Colonel Hafiz Ahsan Farid told New Age.
The drill will be held twice a day as part of a move to build confidence of the forces, Bangladesh and Indian border guards said.
The ceremony is taking place amid the continued killing and firing in the border, continued protests and concerns from Bangladesh over the acquittal of the BSF constable accused of killing Fenali Khatun, and reported Indian plan to deploy  unmanned aerial vehicles in the border.
After repeated assurances, the BGB said that 214 Bangladeshis had been killed by the Indian guards and 323 others had become injured between January 2009 and May 2013, hampering bilateral ties.
BSF officials said that the decision on beating the retreat in three frontiers was the result of mutual deliberations at the coordination conference between the directors general of the forces in Dhaka in 2011.
After several reschedules, the date has now been decided at the 38th conference of the directors general that ended at the BGB headquarters in Dhaka on September 19.
The home affairs ministers of both the countries will attend.
A BGB-BSF museum will also be set up in the border soon to display achievements of the two border forces, BSF officials said.
BGB officials hoped that if the drill was effective, it could be held in border outposts at Changrabandha-Burimari in Rangpur and Akhura-Phulbari in Brammanbaria in phases.
BGB officials said that the revelry and retreat drill was the beginning and the end of the official duty day.
The Border Security Force in a release said that modelled on the lines of the world famous crowd-pulling retreat ceremony between Pakistan Rangers and the BSF at the Wagah border, BSF and BGB troops at Petrapole will hold the drill.
The drill at Wagah, where the BSF personnel and Pakistan Rangers conduct the exercise in an aggressive show of strength amid chants of ultra-nationalistic platitudes from people on both sides of the border also started with similar intentions, according to the Indian newspaper.
The BSF chief, Subhash Joshi, said that the drill in India-Bangladesh border would be different from the drill held at Wagah.
‘It will be held with friendly gesture,’ the BGB, Aziz Ahmed, said.
Contingents of 20 guards each from both forces will march up to the gate at zero line and open the door, the BSF release said.

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