A marching contingent of the Bangladesh military will participate within the Republic Day parade this 12 months — the second time overseas troopers can be marching down Rajpath as a part of India’s largest ceremonial occasion, officers acquainted with the event stated on Saturday.
The Bangladeshi contingent has been invited to participate within the parade at a time the 2 nations are celebrating the golden jubilee of the delivery of Bangladesh. The marching contingent will comprise 96 troopers, and can carry their BD-08 rifles — a licence-produced variant of the Chinese language Kind 81 7.62mm assault weapon.
The Bangladesh Ordnance Factories produce greater than 10,000 such assault rifles yearly.
International troopers took half within the parade for the primary time in 2016 when a French military contingent of 130 troopers marched down Rajpath. The then French President, Francois Hollande, witnessed the parade because the chief visitor that 12 months.
The parade this 12 months can be shorter, contain fewer individuals and solely a fourth of the standard variety of spectators, as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, as reported by Hindustan Occasions on December 30.
No more than 25,000 spectators can be allowed at Rajpath this 12 months, in comparison with over 100,000 individuals who normally flip up for the parade. Kids beneath the age of 15 won’t be permitted on the parade.
The marching contingents can be seen in an oblong formation this 12 months, as a substitute of the normal sq. formation as fewer individuals are being allowed within the squads. The squads will solely have 96 individuals, as in comparison with 144 within the strange course. The shortened route of the parade will see it finish on the Nationwide Stadium as a substitute of Purple Fort, the officers stated.
Final 12 months’s Independence Day celebrations had been additionally muted on account of the coronavirus outbreak and measures imposed to test the unfold of the illness, with fewer VIPs attending the annual August 15 occasion at Delhi’s Purple Fort whereas schoolchildren skipped it altogether.