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First ‘Wagah in East’ to come up along Indo-Bangla border

First ‘Wagah in East’ to come up along Indo-Bangla border
It will be the first ‘Wagah in the East’ and in a month’s time troops from India and Bangladesh along the frontier will be performing ‘retreat’ ceremony by lowering flags.

Soldiers of BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in full regalia will perform ‘retreat’– ceremonial lowering of flags – along the Petrapole (India)-Benapole (Bangladesh) frontier, similar to the tradition prevalent along the India-Pakistan border.

Both the countries have begun creating infrastructure for visitors on their respective side to witness the event in the evening, Border Security Force (BSF) chief Subhash Joshi said today. It will be more ‘friendly and refined’ than the foot-stomping, high-energy drill at the Wagah-Attari border, he said.

‘We have decided that in a phased manner we will have joint retreat ceremony at various places starting with Petrapole-Benapole border. The drills are being worked out and within a month it should be in place,’ Joshi said while interacting with journalists at the end of five-day talks with BGB here.

A 23-member BGB delegation, led by their Director General (DG) Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, is in Delhi for bi-annual talks between the two forces.
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