India Gifts Horses and Mine Detection Dogs to Bangladesh Army

The Indian Army gifted twenty trained horses and mine detection dogs to Bangladesh Army on November 11, 2020. These dogs were trained by the Veterinary Corps and remount of the Indian Army.

Highlights

Apart from providing the horses and dogs, the Indian Army also trained the Bangladesh Army so as to train the experts to handle the horses and dogs. The presentation ceremony was held at Petrapole-Benapole Integrated Check Post at the India-Bangladesh border. The Chief of Brahmastra Corps also participated in the event.

Brahmastra Corps

The XVII Corps of the Indian Army is called the Brahmastra Corps.  The corps was built as a quick action reaction force so as to counter the China’s offensive force along Line of Actual Control (LAC). The force has been headquartered at the Panagarh, West Bengal. It is operating under the Eastern Command of the Indian Army. Brahmastra corps is the first mountain strike corps of India and it usually participates in Exercise HimVijay.

Exercise HimVijay

This exercise is held in the high-altitude areas of state of Arunachal Pradesh. The exercise was held for the first time in October 2019. Around 4,000 soldiers participated in the exercise. Thus, the exercise was considered as the biggest exercise in the mountains.

What are Integrated Check Posts?

These Integrated Check posts are built along the international borders so as to facilitate safe movement of people and goods across the borders. The posts are established by the Indian Government under the Neighbourhood First Policy. These posts help in integrating the countries and helps to improve the connectivity. The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) regulates the checkposts. The posts functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Currently, there are twenty integrated check posts at the India’s international borders. Out of them, 10 have been created along the India-Bangladesh border.