Agartala, Sept. 6 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) force organized a friendly football match near India-Bangladesh border in Tripura to boost confidence and morale of local villagers.
A large number of villagers and BSF personnel gathered at Bakshanagar mini stadium in Tripura to witness the thrilling match the between the 158th battalion of BSF and the local youth.
The contest was organized with an aim to improve relations between the border guards and the villagers.
Such sporting events also help in mental and physical growth of the youth living in the border areas.
BSF Commandant, Raghubir Singh, said that they would continue to organise such matches.
“Football matches were organized even before and we will continue to organize these matches. As the Commandant of 158th battalion I want to confirm that BSF will work for the benefit of people of this area,” he said.
Kamal Aktar, captain of villager’s football team, said that the enjoyed playing the match.
“We enjoyed the game and also learned many things from them as they are senior and professional. We enjoyed playing with them,” he said.
A large number of youth in border areas are prone to smuggling and drug addiction. Sports activities like these help them to channelize their energy towards positive work.
“Sports help in proper physical and mental development of youth. BSF is trying to develop the mental strength of vulnerable youth as the border areas are prone to smuggling,” said Amal Chakraborty, a Police Official.
Jasmir, a local villager, said that such events help improve the relationship between the locals and the security forces.
“Sports and games play an important role in mental and physical development of a human being. Moreover, such events help in development of brotherly and friendly relationship between the BSF and the villagers. Hench, this match played a very vital role in improving relations with the BSF which guards the borders for our safety,” he said.
Under its civic action programme, the BSF have been organising various events like medical camps, education fairs and sporting tournaments. It helps to bridge the gap between the villagers and the border guards. (ANI)