The joint military exercise aimed at countering terrorism, insurgency and other challenges began with ceremonial salute to the national flags of both the countries
The eighth edition of joint military exercise ‘Sampriti’, aiming to increase mutual cooperation, bonhomie and camaraderie between the armies of India and Bangladesh, began March 3 with an impressive ceremony, according to a statement from the Indian Army. The exercise is aimed at countering terrorism, insurgency and other challenges.
The Exercise Sampriti 2019 will be conducted till March 15 in Tangail, Bangladesh. The exercise, which began on March 3 is part of the ongoing India-Bangladesh defence cooperation, at the Bongobondhu Cantonment, statement said.
According to the statement, a company group from Bangladesh Army and an equal number from Indian Army are taking part in the exercise, in a bid to hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency, counter terrorism and aid to civil authorities for disaster management in an UN peace keeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a battalion level.
The Bangladesh contingent is being represented by 36 East Bengal Battalion, while Indian side is represented by 9th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles.
At the opening ceremony, the participating contingents marched in and stood side by side, and gave a ceremonial salute to the national flags of both the countries to the strains of Jana Gana Mana and the Amar Shonar Bangla.
The Indian contingent was welcomed by Maj. Gen. Mizanur Rahman Shamim, General Officer Commanding, 19 Infantry Division, Bangladesh Army.
The statement added that both the armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered during simulated UN peace keeping operations.