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BGB detains 27 while entering Bangladesh from India

BGB is on high alert over the spread of Covid-19 as neighbouring India has been experiencing a devastating surge in Covid-19

Update : 10 May 2021, 06:23 PM

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have detained 27 people including women and children while entering Bangladesh illegally through Matila and Samanta borders in Maheshpur upazila on Monday. 

All the arrestees claimed that they were Bangladeshi citizens. 

Tipped off, a team of BGB Khalishpur-58 Battalion, conducted a drive in Matila area and arrested 19 people, said director of the battalion Lt Col Quamrul Ahsan. 

The border guards also arrested eight more persons from the Samanta area of the border at the same time. 

However, the BGB is on high alert over the spread of Covid-19 as neighbouring India has been experiencing a devastating surge in Covid-19 for the last four weeks. 

The government has decided to extend the closure of its border with India for another 14 days, keeping the movement of cargoes carrying goods uninterrupted as the Covid-19 situation keeps worsening in India.

The latest decision of the extension was taken at a virtual meeting held on Saturday with Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen in the chair.

Earlier, the government closed the border with India for 14 days with effect from April 26 but cargoes carrying goods were allowed to operate as usual.

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