Illegal border crossings going on in 6 districts
Amid the closure of Indo-Bangla land borders, Bangladeshi nationals are trespassing using several illegal points in six districts of the south.
The districts are Satkhira, Jashore, Jhenidah, Kushtia, Meherpur, and Chuadanga.
Multiple trafficking rackets are assisting people to travel between Bangladesh and India through these points, eventually increasing health risks in the areas, said sources.
Contacted, Lt Col Kamrul Hasan, director of 58th battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said some people crossed the border from India amid the closure as they had no other way to return.
"Since they have gone to India illegally, they have returned illegally," he said.
According to the BGB official, all these trespassers are general people and used to travel to the neighbouring country for visiting their relatives.
Some of them also used to work there as labourers, he added.
Lt Col Khalekuzzaman, director of 6th BGB battalion in Chuadanga, said their troops regularly patrol the borders to prevent trespassing form India. However, since the borders are fenceless, some people take opportunity to enter the country.
A total of 725 Bangladeshi citizens returned through Darshana frontier from May 17, he said, adding that the returnees were sent on quarantine and isolation.
Like them many others have returned without any test for coronavirus, he added.
According to sources, maximum trespassing take place through Benipur and Dhopakhali villages in Chuadanga's Jibannagar upazila; and Matila, Laraighat, Samanta and Khoshalpur villages in Jhenidah Maheshpur.