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BSF's drums counter Pak's dhols at Attari!

PTI  Jalandhar, July 22, 2014
First Published: 18:37 IST(22/7/2014) | Last Updated: 18:56 IST(22/7/2014)

Border Security Force (BSF) has started playing drums during the beating retreat ceremony along the Attari border here to counter the sound of dhols from Pakistani side.

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"We have introduced drums in our evening flag-lowering ceremony like the way Pakistani side play 'dhols'. The ceremony now has become more interesting with the sound of drums," deputy inspector-general, MF Farooqi, BSF Punjab Frontier said.

Use of drums in the ceremony was introduced recently by the BSF and the drummers were hired from outside.

"We have been playing drums in our evening ceremony for the last 20 to 25 days. This is done to counter the sound of dhols from Pakistani side," he said.

Recently, an audio system has been installed in Hindi and English telling about the ceremony, the BSF and Punjab Frontier, Farooqi added.

The evening beating retreat ceremony attracts huge crowds from the country and across the globe.

Farooqi also said that considering the huge turnout of people at the ceremony, efforts to increase the size of the gallery to accommodate more people would commence in the coming months.

He said a board would be installed at the Amritsar railway station displaying the ceremony timings.

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