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BSF Organised Relay Run For Better Understanding With Villagers

2015-08-24 23:51

DIG BSF Krishnanagar sector Pushpendra Singh Rathore running holding the baton during the relay run in Patharghata village during the concluding part of the run. Picture by PRANAB DEBNATH


Chapra/Behra, Aug. 24: In a bid to promote mutual understanding with the people living in border areas and to convey a message of cooperation to them, the Border Security Force for the first time organized a long relay run along the Indo-Bangladesh border on Monday.

With a baton in hand, 1850 BSF jawans posted at different border outposts of Indo-Bangla border under Krishnanagar sector ran 180 km stretch in 10 hours in this relay run drawing immense interest among the villagers.

BSF’s Krishnanagar sector has a jurisdiction of 235 km stretch of Indo-Bangla border spread over Nadia and North 24 parganas.

On Monday 1850 personnel who took part in the run, stood at an approximate gap of 100-meter of the 180 km stretch to ran the complete run in ten hours.

The baton weighing 1 kg that looks like a torch was made of clay by an artisan of Ghurni clay model hub. Indian tricolor and BSF flag were embedded on it.

While the main objective of the run was to develop interaction with bordering villagers, the BSF authorities at the same time conceived the programme to mark its 50th anniversary.  

It also made an attempt for an entry to the Limca Book of Records with this run as they claimed it to be the first and the longest one in the country.

DIG of BSF’s Krishnanagar sector Pushpendra Singh Rathore said: “We have found no instance of longer relay run in India than what we organized today”.

“Our aim is to make a chain of bond with the villagers. A relay run stands for cooperation and a team work. We at BSF similarly want cooperation with local people and want to promote a sense of understanding with them as well because with their help our mission will remain unsuccessful”, Rathore said.

“To combat the subversive activities and crimes, we need cooperation of the local people. BSF is also eager to extend its support to the villagers as well by developing a sense of mutual understanding”, the DIG said.

“We have also carefully made the baton of clay by the artisans of Ghurni so that people could understand our respect for the local people and their art and culture”, the DIG said.

The run was flagged off at 6 AM Behra border outpost of 26-battalions located in North 24 parganas district and concluded at 4 PM in Patharghata border outpost under 81-battalion located in Nadia’s Chapra.

Nadia zilla sabhadhipati Bani Roy local MLA Rukbanur Rehman received the baton from the Jawans to conclude the run in presence of senior BSF officials.

Bani Roy said: “This is a positive gesture by the BSF. This will strengthen the bond between the border living people and BSF”.

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