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15 stranded Bangladeshis return home through Benapole

  • Published at 09:32 pm April 27th, 2021
Photo: Dhaka Tribune

They will be put on a 14-day quarantine at a residential hotel in Benapole after completion of formalities

Fifteen among the 300 Bangladeshis who got stranded in India's Petrapole land port returned home on Tuesday morning through Benapole checkpost.

They entered the country after receiving  NOC from the Deputy High Commission office of Bangladesh in Kolkata.

They will be put on a14-day quarantine at a residential hotel in Benapole after completion of formalities.

Ahsan Habib, officer-in-charge (OC) of Benapole Immigration, said he has already received a letter to stop immigration for 14 days.

The 15 Bangladeshis were allowed to return as they got special permission from Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, he said.

It was reported on Monday that around 300 Bangladeshis were stranded in India's Petrapole land port following Bangladesh government's decision to  close the border with India due to a huge surge in Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring country.

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Most  of the Bangladeshis stranded there were either patients or students.

They said the border closure should have been announced a few days earlier.

However, import and export activities  are normal at Benapole port.

Matiar Rahman, director of the India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, said that disinfectants are not being sprayed on Indian trucks inside the port.  The port authorities have not taken any  initiative to sanitize them.

Besides,  Indian truck drivers are moving freely at Benapole market, putting local people at risk, he added.

Abdul Jalil, acting director of Benapole Land Port, said there were no restrictions on trade activities  between the two countries and.  instructions have been given to keep all activities normal at the port in compliance with hygiene rules.