Bangladesh has closed its border with India due to the Corona epidemic. Freight trucks have been stopped for four days but all passenger vehicles, including trains, have been stopped. As a result, several thousand Bangladeshi citizens have been detained in India. More than 250 Bangladeshis detained at the land port of Petrapole are protesting demanding their return to the country. In such a situation, Dhaka conditionally allowed the citizens to return to the country.
According to sources, 300 applications have been submitted to the Kolkata Sub-High Commission to return to the country. The incident took place on Monday, the day the border was closed. According to the Kolkata Sub-High Commission, about 300 applications have been submitted for return to Bangladesh. However, after checking these applications, they are being allowed to return to the country on priority basis. They will be able to enter Bangladesh subject to a permit and a 72-hour Corona Negative Test.
Following the Corona epidemic, which began last year, some restrictions were imposed on movement across the border. Out of 16 land borders, Bangladeshi nationals have returned to the country only through Benapole and Akhaura land ports. All other border crossings have been closed. Most of the Bangladeshi nationals stranded in India went for treatment. Bangladeshis protested at the Petrapole border after Monday evening to return home. Protesters said many of their visas expired on Monday. And they don’t have the money to run the expenses. Swapan Kumar Biswas, who went to India for treatment from Kushtia, said, “We are in trouble because of the sudden ban at the border. Because if you want to return to the country, you will need the Covid-19 test. ” The government of Bangladesh has closed all borders with India due to the dire situation in India. This directive will remain in force till May 9.