The Indian Army has gifted 20 trained military horses and 10 mine detection dogs to Bangladesh Army, reports news agency UNB.
The gift was part of strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries in general and between the two forces in particular.
These equines and canines were trained by the Remount and Veterinary Corps of Indian Army.
The Indian Army has also trained Bangladesh Army personnel for handling these specialist dogs and horses, said a press release on Tuesday.
Indian Army delegation was led by Major General Narinder Singh Khroud, Chief of Staff of Brahmastra Corps while the Bangladesh Army delegation was led by Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir, commanding the Jashore based Division.
The presentation ceremony was held at Benapole- Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) on the Bangladesh-India border.
Brigadier JS Cheema from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka was also present at the event.
“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,” a senior Army official was quoted as saying in the press release.
India’s partnership with Peoples 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, said the press release.