The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued three Indian Border Security Force (BSF) members and two Indian boatmen unhurt after their boat went inoperative on the Dharla river amid strong current at Mogolhat border in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila around 11:30pm on Monday.
The BSF members and boatmen were sent back to India safely yesterday morning.
Three members of 38 BSF Battalion's Gidaldah camp under Dinhata Police Station in Cooch Behar district under West Bengal were performing their duty riding a boat run by two boatmen on the Indian side of the Dharla river on Monday night, BGB officials said.
The engine of the boat suddenly got inoperative in the mid river, leaving the five people helpless.
As the BSF Battalion's commander sent a phone message to Commanding Officer (CO) of BGB 15 Battalion Lt Col Golam Morshed in Lalmonirhat in this regard, the latter informed Mogholhat BGB camp members who rushed to the spot on a speedboat, rescued the five people and brought them to Bangladesh territory.
The Indian boat, which floated away due to strong current in the river, was recovered by BGB members from the river at Kathalbari of Lalmonirhat, around 40 kilometres in the downstream, yesterday.
“When we got the message from India, it became our duty to save the BSF members and boatmen. We are very happy to rescue them unhurt. The BSF Battalion commander gave thanks to BGB for the task,” said Lt Col Golam Morshed, CO of BGB 15 Battalion.