Eight held over clash at Benapole port, trade resumes

Trade between Bangladesh and India was suspended due to the clash

Trade at Benapole land port resumed on Tuesday morning after around 24 hours of suspension following a clash between two groups over taking control of the port’s contracting job.

Import-export activities and loading and unloading of goods resumed at around 10am again, and 50 trucks had entered the land port from India with imported goods until 11pm, said Abdul Jalil, deputy director (traffic) of Benapole land port.

Meanwhile, a case was filed against 36 people in connection with the clash and eight people were arrested, said Kamal Hossain Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Benapole port police station.

At around 11am on Monday, two groups locked in a clash and exploded several bombs, leaving a police member and seven workers injured.

Trade between the two countries, including unloading of goods, was suspended due to the clash, said the port authority.

OC Kamal said a vehicle, one imported arm, five rounds of bullets and two unexploded bombs were recovered from the port area on Monday night.

Additional forces have been deployed at the land port area to keep the situation under control, he said.