:: Dr. Kazi Ertaza Hassan ::
Today is BGB Day. They are the attendant watchman of Bangladesh border. BGB is a long-established paramilitary force of two hundred and twenty-three years. They had unforgettable contribution in the great war of liberation. Including Bir Shrestha Nur Mohammad Sheikh and Bir Shreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf, 817 members of the force, set a unique example of patriotism in the War of Liberation. Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, known as Bagha Siddiqui of Tangail, was also a member of the force.
Before the independence of Bangladesh, its name was EPR or East Pakistan Rifles. After independence in 1972 it was named ‘Bangladesh Rifles’. Some of the BDR’s ruthless killings in Peelkhana headquarters of Dhaka on 25th and 26th of February, 2009, took place as horrific in the history. But due to the provision of punishable offenses under the BDR Act, the necessity of a law change arises. As a result, the name of this force was changed to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate statements on the occasion of the day.
BGB is not limited to protecting the country’s border only. During any crisis of the country, disaster, BGB devotedly dedicated soul. Currently the eleventh national election period is underway. The BGB has been deploying to ensure that there is no constraint to surround the election. In order to protect the law and order in the parliament elections, 1,016 Platoon Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) deployed at the district level. This year’s election is very significant in many ways. That is, this is going to be the first election under a party government. Therefore, BGB’s responsibility is more important in this situation. The people of the country also have immense faith in this semi-military force. The country’s people still have the confidence of the army. After the BGB naming and the present government’s efforts, the forces have already turned around to achieve the confidence of the people. We hope that the BGB will not be able to respond the people’s confidence by working as an expected helper to maintain law and order and keep the festive atmosphere in this election.