The opening ceremony was held at BGB headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formally opened Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) Ramu region headquarters and formed its Narayanganj and Gazipur battalions.
The opening ceremony, which involved hoisting of the BGB flag, was held at BGBheadquartersin Pilkhana, Dhaka, on Thursday, reports UNB.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and BGB Director General Major General Md Shafeenul Islam were present at the occasion, among others.
According to the BGB website, the paramilitary force has a total of five regional headquarters, including the one at Ramu, Cox's Bazar.
The four other regional headquarters are South-West Region, North-West Region, North-East Region, and South-East Region.
The Ramu regional headquarters has been created on an ad-hoc basis to increase surveillance on the Bangladesh-Myanmar borders, prevent goods-smuggling – particularly of yaba – and resist untoward incidents – primarily by terrorists or militant groups – along the borders.
There are seven battalions between the Cox's Bazar and Bandarban sectors, and the regional intelligence bureau is under the Ramu Region Headquarters.
The newly-formed Narayanganj and Gazipur battalions have begun their operations with limited manpower.
A process is underway to form two more battalions at Abdullapur and Savar in Dhaka.
The BGB now operates throughout 12 sectors, with 47 battalions and many border outposts.
The government, after it returned to power in 2009, created four new regions, four new sectors, and 15 battalions—including an ICT battalion.