Siliguri: The Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will hold a joint retreat ceremony at the Fulbari border near here on April 27 on the lines of the beating retreat ceremony on Attari-Wagah frontier with Pakistan.
Krishan Kumar Sharma, the DG of BSF and Maj Gen Md. Shafeenul Islam, the chief of BGB, will inaugurate the ceremony in presence of senior officials of the forces of both countries and civilians, BSF sources said here on Tuesday.
This is the first time that a joint retreat ceremony will start in north Bengal. It is a result of mutual deliberations during the DG-level coordination conference held back in 2012 among the countries.
The ceremony in Attari-Wagah border, known as beating retreat, was introduced in 1959. Similar ceremonies are held in two other locations of Punjab but those attract mostly locals.
The ceremony, BSF sources said, would be conducted every day during sunset from April 27 and onwards. There will be a drill by personnel of both BSF and BGB, followed by lowering of the National Flags and closing of gates.
The decision to introduce the ceremony has been welcomed by Siliguri residents and stakeholders of tourism industry.