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25 Bangladeshis return home after serving jail term in India

  • Published at 07:11 pm September 2nd, 2020
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The 25 Bangladeshis, who were detained by Assam police for violating their tourist visa conditions, return home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

After entering into India, they got confined into the country's sudden lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic

At least 25 Bangladeshis --who were detained by the Indian police on charges of violating tourist visa conditions and passed the last four months in Indian jail-- have returned home through the Chengrabandha-Burimari check post.

The 25 people arrived at Bangladesh's Burimari check post in Lalmonirhat around 2pm on Wednesday from India's Changrabandha check post, confirmed, sub-inspector Anwar Hossain, in-charge of Burimari Landport Immigration Police.

“Officials from both country’s border security forces (BSF and BGB) were present at the event. After all legal formalities were done, they were handed over to their respective families,” said the officer.

He further said, all 25 Bangladeshis are residents of Beparipara village under Chilmari upazila in Kurigram and they returned following an order by an Indian court on Saturday.

Nahid Hasan, an activist who came to receive the returnees said, the 26 people from Chilmari's Ramna union went to India with valid passports and visas, from December 2019 to February 2020.

After entering into India, they got confined into the country's sudden lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On May 2, when they were trying to get to the border to return to Bangladesh, they were arrested by Indian police in Assam.

They were initially sent for institutional quarantine and when their visa expired, Indian police sent them to jail.

However, the Indian prosecution agreed to call off the case following the request of the Bangladesh government. After hearing the lawyers of all the parties, the judge of the Dhubri court acquitted the 25 Bangladeshis, confirmed SI Anwar.

One of the 26 Bangladeshis -- Bokul Miah -- died in the Indian jail on July 1. Four days later, his body was sent back to Bangladesh.