Address-related complications of the deceased that led to confusion at Hili immigration check post are being blamed for the procrastination in shipping the body.
Hailing from Dinajpur sadar, Khokon said he and his mother went to Malda district of West Bengal, after seeing a number of doctors for her kidney problems at home.
Afterwards, he planned to take her to Vellore, a district of the Tamil Nadu state in India, for better treatment.
“But, in the mean time, I ran out of money, thus, rushing to my home town to collect money. By this time, my mother’s physical condition deteriorated, forcing my relatives in Madla to admit her at a local hospital”, he said.
According to Khokon, his relatives used an Indian address while hospitalising Kanika. Finally, the 44-year-old woman died of her ailment while being treated at Malda Medical College and Hospital on February 13.
“After hearing the news of my mother’s death, I trevelled to India again aiming at taking back the body home. But, I remained unsuccessful in this case, since the Hili land port authorities did not allow me to carry the body inside Bangladeshi territory over the Indian address issue,” said Khokon.
“Ever since, I kept waiting for the problem to be addressed, with the copse already starting to decompose,” he added.
At last, Bangladeshi Deputy High Commission in Kolkata allowed transportation of the body, after Indian media covered the news. Khokon claimed he received the relevant documents from the deputy high commission on Friday, the fifth day after the death.
Khokon after crossing the check post on Saturday afternoon told local reporters that they would complete cremation of the deceased by night since her body has already started decaying.
Office-in-charge of the check post, Md Aftab Hossain, said the Indian address mentioned in her death certificate caused the delay in returning her body.
Upon finishing all necessary formalities, immigration police handed over the body to the family, after their Indian counterpart sent it to them+, he said.