Seventeen more Bangladeshi Tabligh Jamaat members, including eight women, returned home last night after languishing in an Indian jail for 40 days.
Mohsin Khan, officer-in-charge of Benapole Check-post Immigration Police, today said Indian immigration police handed them over to Bangladesh authorities through Benapole check-post around 11:30pm yesterday.
All the returnees were sent to Gazir Dargah institutional quarantine in Jhikargachcha upazila of Jashore for 14 days, said Habibur Rahman, a medical officer of the health department of Benapole check-post.
The 17 Bangladeshis are residents of different areas including Mirpur of Dhaka, our Benapole correspondent reports, quoting the officer.
According to immigration police, 265 Tabligh Jamaat men went to India in February this year. They were staying there during the coronavirus outbreak.
Indian police arrested them from different parts of India at the end of March for violation of the Foreigners Act, visa rules and Covid-19 lockdown rules.
Of them, the 17 Bangladeshi Tabligh Jamaat members were sent to central jail of Haryana state after their arrest, said immigration police, adding that a court of the state later sentenced them to 40 days' jail.
The decision to return them was taken following discussion between high officials of the two countries after their jail term ended.
Earlier on August 7, 14 out of 265 Bangladeshi Tabligh Jamaat members returned home after languishing in jail for the same period.