The Indian Army has also trained Bangladesh Army personnel for training and handling these specialist dogs and horses

Taking another stride in strengthening cooperation between the security forces of both nations, the Indian Army today handed over 20 trained horses and 10 mine detection dogs to the Bangladesh Army.

The effort has been taken to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries in general and between the two armies in particular.

The Indian Army said on Twitter, “#IndianArmy gifted 20 military horses and 10 dogs trained on mine detection by Remount and Veterinary Corps #RVC to #BangladeshArmy delegation at Petrapole-Benapole Integrated Check Post on the #India - #Bangladesh Border.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said the Indian Army has also trained Bangladesh Army personnel for training and handling these specialist dogs and horses.

The trained military horses and dogs were handed over to Bangladesh by Major General Narinder Singh Khroud, Chief of Staff of Brahmastra Corps in an elaborate ceremony at Petrapole- Benapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) on the India - Bangladesh Border.

The ceremony was attended by Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir, who is Commanding the Jessore based Division of Bangladeshi Army and Brigadier JS Cheema from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka was also present at the event.

At the event, Major General Narinder Singh Khroud said, “The performance of military dogs in Indian Army has been commendable. We are always ready to extend our assistance to a friendly country like Bangladesh in issues concerning security. When it comes to security, the dogs have proven their mettle. The dogs which have been handed over, are extremely effective in mine detection and contraband items.”

India’s partnership with People's Republic of Bangladesh stands out as a role model in the region for good neighbourly relations. With this gesture the bond which two countries share is expected to grow even stronger, the Defence Ministry said in the statement.

Apart from the defence sector, India and Bangladesh have extended cooperation to sectors like infrastructure and healthcare. India has also extended cooperation in the railways sector.

India, earlier this year, had gifted 10 broad gauge diesel locomotives to Bangladesh to help the country handle more passengers and freight. All this is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy.

The cooperation has extended into the healthcare sector, particularly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic for which India has promised to give around 30 million doses of vaccine to the neighbouring country.

India last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh. The MoU was signed between India’s Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bangladesh’s Beximco Pharma Limited for priority delivery of 30 million doses of Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine for Covid-19 (Sars-CoV-2).