Shillong, Dec 11: As part of the 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh Liberation, the BSF jointly with Bangladesh will organise a ‘Joint Cultural Programme’ at Integrated Check Point Dawki under BSF, Meghalaya Frontier on December 13 in which Mukti Yodhas/Historians and eminent speakers from both the countries will participate.
BSG, Inspector General, I. S. Rana Meghalaya Frontier said that the BSF played a very important role in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh right from the beginning and fought shoulder to shoulder with the Indian Army.
Twenty-three BSF units were deployed under the Army’s operational control and they displayed their mettle in both defensive and offensive actions against enemy positions independently, as well as in conjunction with the Army.
Rana said that the important role played by BSF in many other fields like collection and dissemination of accurate information, assistance to the army in familiarization of area, were of vital importance for operations.
It may be mentioned that 83 Battalion BSF fought off two fierce attacks by the Pakistanis at Killapara in West Garo Hills in May 1971.
“Their valour denied the enemy control over strategic Dalu-Tura road,” Rana said.
He similarly added that acts of bravery were displayed by troops of 84, 85, 86, 87, 92, 93 and 104 battalions in Meghalaya, Silchar (south Assam) and Tripura sectors against the regular Pakistani army.
According to Rana India and Bangladesh shares a 4096 Km long international border, the fifth-longest land border in the world which is manned by Border Security Force in India side and Border Guard Bangladesh in Bangladesh side.
He said that this border is also considered to be one of the most peaceful international borders as both the countries ensure to maintain good relations which are reflected during the various levels of flag meetings of the border guarding forces of the two nations.