Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019 held between India and BangladeshDate: 01 March 2019 Tags: Military Exercises
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) conducted three-day ‘Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019’ as part of ‘confidence building measures’ between border guarding forces of two neighboring countries. It was held in general area of BSF’s Srimantapur border outpost near Agartala, Tripura.
Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019
- It was named after Mainamati hill range situated 8 km west of Comilla township in Bangladesh, which is home to ancient Buddhist archaeological site in the region.
- Its objective was to plan and conduct anti-smuggling and anti-criminal activity related operations with ultimate aim of achieving better joint operational efficiency and border management.
- In it, troops from both border guarding forces participated in joint patrolling, anti-smuggling drills on contraband goods through riverine border of River Gomati.
- They also simulated raids on suspected places of concealment inside territories of both countries, effective checking of goods and identity control of passengers at respective international check-posts (ICPs), held flag meetings and other information sharing mechanism.
This exercise comes as part of series of joint exercises and exchanges held between BSF and BGB in the Tripura-Bangla frontier since four-day standoff between two forces centring 31 Rohingya people who were found crossing international border into Bangladesh from Indian side in January 2019. After spending four days in open, they were arrested by BSF and handed over to local police.