India Army gifts 20 military horses, 10 mine-detection dogs to Bangladesh

New Delhi (NVI): The Indian Army today gifted 20 fully trained military horses and 10 mine detection dogs to Bangladesh Army, in an endeavour to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The equines and canines were trained by the Remount and Veterinary Corps of Indian Army. The Army also trained Bangladesh Army personnel for handling and training these specialist dogs and horses, Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

During the handover, the Indian Army delegation was led by Major General Narinder Singh Khroud, Chief of Staff of Brahmastra Corps. Whereas, the Bangladesh Army delegation was led by Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir, who is commanding the Jessore based division.

The presentation ceremony was held at Petrapole- Benapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) on the India – Bangladesh border.

Brigade JS Cheema from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka was also present at the event.

Narinder Singh during the event said that, “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,” Singh added.

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

-RJV