Deaths at border a matter of ‘grave concern’
December 20th, 2016 at 11:54 am
Deaths at border a matter of ‘grave concern’

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said incidents of death at border remained still a matter of concern despite the number of border killing reduced over the past years.

“It is still a matter of grave concern to us,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a parade of Bangladesh’s border force headquarters in Dhaka’s Pilkhana.

She said the incidents of death in border areas have come down to a great extent in recent years due to your efforts for strengthening friendly relations with the Border Security Force of India.

Hasina expressed firm optimism that Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) would move forward upholding its glorious history and turn into the best border force in the world.

She was addressing a parade marking the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Day 2016 at its headquarters.

Hasina recalled the tragedy at the Pilkhana headquarters in 2009 when soldiers killed their commanders in a mutiny on February 25-26 and termed it a black chapter in the history of the force.

The Border Guard Bangladesh Act-2010 was enacted aimed at building a modern and time-befitting border force, she added.

She said the flag of the BGB was raised on January 23, 2011 to expedite the operational activities of the force. With the sincere efforts of all the BGB is now a dynamic and modern force.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and director general of BGB Major General Abul Hossain received the prime minister at the BGM headquarters. She was given a state salute amid playing of the national anthem at that time.

On the occasion, an attractive parade was arranged at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground at BGB headquarters. The prime minister reviewed the parade and took salute. Deputy director general of the BGB Amirul Islam Sikder was the parade commander.

Cabinet members, chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present.

The prime minister handed over BGB Medal to 10 BGB members, President Border Guard Medal to 20 BGB members, BGB Medal-Service to 10 BGB members and PBGM-Service to 19 BGB members for their courageous and brilliant contribution to various activities of the BGB.

The prime minister witnessed the attractive ‘Trick Drill’ and the ‘Dog Squad Display’ of the BGB during the parade.