India and Bangladesh, two neighboring countries share cultural and social similarities and both countries have been displaying comradeship as true partners.
On 12th December, 2021, on the occasion of 75th Independence day of India and 50th anniversary of Liberation War of Bangladesh, Border Security Force is organizing “Maitri Cycle Rally” on Indo-Bangladesh Border at 0900 hrs, starting from North Bengal Frontier, Siliguri, will complete on 20th December, 2021, at ICP Petrapole, 153 Battalion, South Bengal Frontier, Kolkata.
15 cyclists (10 men and 5 women) are participating in this cycle rally.This rally will complete its journey in 08 days. The rally started from Siliguri, Darjeeling and shall be completed at ICP Petrapole, North 24 Parganas and will cover a distance of 550 Kms along the Indo-Bangladesh Border.
This Maitri Cycle Rally was flagged off from North Bengal Frontier by Shri Ravi Gandhi, Inspector General, North Bengal Frontier, on 12th December, 2021 at 0900 hrs, North Bengal Frontier, Kadamtala, Dronacharya Stadium. In this event Shri E J Bennett, Deputy Inspector General (PSO), Shri D S Sandha, Deputy Inspector General (P), Shri Sanjay Pant, Deputy Inspector General, (General), Shri M P Singh, Deputy Inspector General (OPs) and other senior officials and dignitaries were present. The cyclists will cover a distance of 55 – 60 Kms each day and will spend the night at Border Out Posts along the International Border. Various programmes will be organized by the Border Security Force at various Border Out Posts in en route, involving local government officials and people from border areas to encourage cyclists.
The purpose of this cycle rally is to create a sense of security among the people living on the Border in India- Bangladesh, to increase friendship between the Border Security Force and the Border Guard Bangladesh, to create awareness among the people living on the border to prevent crimes on the border, to prevent drug abuse. To create awareness among the people and to make people aware to stop animal smuggling. The Border Security Force is determined to make this cycle rally a success with all its efforts.