Beating Retreat resumes at India-Bangladesh border after 10 months

After more than 10 months, the Border Security Force (BSF) resumed Beating Retreat or lowering of the flags ceremony at Agartala-Akhaura border on Febraury 18. It is a daily military practice in which the border guards of India and Bangladesh have been jointly taking part. The ceremony is a symbol of both the countries' friendly relationship and cooperation. "Months after COVID-19 restrictions, we are trying to restore and start from both sides. For the time being, we are doing it from our side" said Susanta Nath, Inspector General, BSF Tripura Frontier. Nath further informed that the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) will join the Border Security Force very soon. The spot has been one of the tourist attractions on both sides as large number of visitors gathers to witness the ceremony annually. India shares a 4,096-kilometer (2,545-mile) long international border which touches the northeast states of Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya.