Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Wednesday deployed its dog squad to screen arriving baggage and passengers after they pass through security checks at Benapole immigration check post.
Lt Col Selim Reza, commanding officer of BGB 49 Battalion, said the trained canines are capable of detecting any suspicious item, especially if a luggage contains drugs and explosives materials inside.
However, many passengers passing through immigration and police security checks inside the immigration terminal said additional screenings by BGB at two spots -- at Amarkhali, only two kilometers apart, and Natunhat -- is already causing immense inconvenience to passengers.
Now the screening by the dog squad will only cause further inconvenience by lengthening their travel time before they reach their final destinations.
Hoping that the new screening by canines would make security checks more efficient and faster, Kamal Hossain, a passenger arriving from India, said passengers frequenting the Benapole immigration check post want a respite from being screened and harassed multiple times by BGB.