Three of them were found to be Covid-19 positive
More than 400 Bangladeshis, who had been stranded in India due to travel restrictions enforced in a bid to stop Indian coronavirus variants from entering the country, have returned to Bangladesh through Benapole Land Port.
As many as 439 people had returned till Wednesday afternoon since the imposition of the 14-day ban on Monday. On the other hand, 67 people returned to India during the same period.
All the Bangladeshi returnees have been put under institutional quarantine at seven residential hotels in Benapole.
Three of the returnees, who were found Covid-19 positive, were admitted to the coronavirus unit of Jessore General Hospital, said Md Ashrafuzzaman, medical officer of the port’s immigration office.
Benapole Immigration OC Ahsan Habib said: “439 Bangladeshis have returned from India after getting clearance from the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh there.”
Since the enforcement of the travel ban, no Bangladeshi passport holder had gone to India and neither had any Indian citizen entered Bangladesh, he added.
Meanwhile, import and export activities remained normal at Benapole port, as reported by UNB on Tuesday.
Matiar Rahman, director of India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, said disinfectants were not being sprayed on Indian trucks inside the port and the port authorities had not taken any initiative to sanitize them.
Besides, Indian truck drivers were moving around 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 had been issued to keep all activities normal at the port in compliance with hygiene rules.