New Delhi, Feb 13 : A third contingent of 125 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including 10 women, left for Congo on Wednesday to join a United Nation's peacekeeping mission there.
According to officials, the contingent was meticulously selected, based on factors like good record of service, professional competence, excellent physical fitness and skill at arms.
"The parameters of selection were very strict this time," said A.K. Mitra, Director General, BSF.
The contingent comprising seven officers and fourteen subordinate officers will be stationed at Lubumbashi and will assist in restoration of law and order for creating a conducive atmosphere for holding elections.
The first contingent of BSF personnel was dispatched on November 22, 2005, and the second contingent, which has completed almost a year of its deployment, is being replaced with the third contingent with equal number of forces.
BSF has also taken part in peacekeeping operations in countries like Namibia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Sudan and Kosovo in the past.