Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) conducted three-day ‘Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019’ as part of ‘confidence building measures’ between border guarding forces of two neighboring countries.
- The Exercise was held in general area of BSF’s Srimantapur border outpost near Agartala, Tripura.
- It was named after Mainamati hill range situated 8 km west of Comilla township in Bangladesh, which is home to ancient Buddhist archaeological site in the region.
- The main objective of this exercise was to plan and conduct anti-smuggling and anti-criminal activity related operations with ultimate aim of achieving better joint operational efficiency and border management in the area of responsibility of respective BSF and BGB Battalions participating in the joint exercise.
- A four-day standoff between the two forces centring 31 Rohingya people who were found crossing the international border into Bangladesh in January this year.
- During the joint exercise held here, troops from both border guarding forces participated in joint patrolling, anti-smuggling drills on contraband goods through riverine border of River Gomati.