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India, Bangla bordermen agree to cooperate

Posted on Jan 31, 07:55PM | IBNS

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IBNS) The Border forces of India and Bangladesh have agreed to jointly work for curbing the trance-border incidents of crime along their mutual international border, said Subhash Joshi, DG, BSF here on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony organised to flag-off Operation Darpan--a BSF joint drive in association with three charity organisations that will conduct free surgery to correct the omni-present birth deformity of upper lip and palate, called cleft-lip, Joshi said BSF looks into each allegation of maltreatment of people in the border villages by the BSF jawans and penal action is ensured after case-specific inquiry.

The BSF DG launched operation Darpan at the Composite BSF Hospital at Salt Lake here Thursday afternoon.

Terming the cost-free surgery drive for rectification of cleft-lip for the economically underprivileged people of border areas in Eastern India as a "unique humanitarian project", Joshi lauded the efforts of ADG, East, BSF, B D Sharma for bringing together the international agency 'Smile Train' for funding the surgical drive and two other organisations--Bhagwan Mahavir Cleft Foundation and Rotary Club of Calcutta-Victoria for conduction and publicity of this noble drive for the poor.

He agreed to the request of Sharma to expand this effort to other parts of India by other units of BSF to ensure similar free treatment of people.

More than fifty affected children with their parents, from Malda and other border districts of West Bengal, were invited to the flagging-off ceremony.

Their check-up and surgery would begin from Friday itself, B D Sharma said.

It is the set policy of BSF to conduct welfare drives for the people in the border areas, he informed, and added that it is for the first time that the Force has taken up cleft-lip rectification drive.

Dr. Kmalesh Kothari, noted surgeon of Bhagwan Mahavir Cleft Foundation, Ms. Mamta Carroll, Director, Smile Train and Rotary Office Bearers including the District Governor of Distt. 3291, Uttam Ganguli attended the launching event. They assured their full support to BSF for spreading the free surgery drive to other areas in the country.