BSF distributing hospital equipment to a PHC Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: The 159 Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) held a series of activities in Mizoram as part of Civic Action Programme for 2019-2020.

As part of the initiative, the border defence organised conducted football and volleyball tournaments at Borapansuri village of Lawngtlai district recently. The battalion also conducted a medical camp at Chotapansuri, Jarralsuri and Tlabung Chawnpui villages of the state.

BSF organising a volleyball tournament in Mizoram

The premier border defence organisation also gave away hospital equipment like incubator, microscope, wheelchair, stretcher, blanket, bed sheets, pillows and mosquito nets to PHC Borapansuri recently.

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The 159 Bn BSF is deployed along the India-Bangladesh border guarding 443 km border at Lawngtlai district and Lunglei district. The troops face many problems in terms of poor communication systems like roads, supply of electricity and phone network. Malaria is also prevalent among the troops.

A free medical camp being organised by the BSF in Mizoram

Transborder crime is very rare except for illegal smuggling of teak logs.

The 159 Bn was raised on February 14, 2013 at Dawngzawl, Serchhip. The unit then moved to Panisagar, Tripura and again came back to Dawngzawl in May 2017.

Currently, six companies are deployed at Lawngtlai and Lunglei districts along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Mizoram currently has four battalions of the BSF — 1st battalion, 61 battalionn, 90 battalion and 159 battalion

They have a sector headquarters at Durtlang, Aizawl.

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