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10:33 PM, July 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:40 PM, July 02, 2020

Bangladeshi held for violating lockdown dies in Assam

A Bangladeshi national, who was apprehended by the police with 25 other fellow countrymen recently for allegedly violating lockdown, died in a government hospital in Assam's Dhubri district, Assam police said today.

On May 6, the deceased, identified as Bokul Mia, 57, was arrested at Bahalpur under Chapar police station with 25 other Bangladeshis attempting to return to their country amid the nationwide lockdown and was kept at Dhubri Jail.

Bokul Mia, a resident of Beparipara in Kurigram, who suffered from high blood pressure, complained of uneasiness and vomiting, following which he was shifted to Dhubri Civil Hospital on Tuesday on the advice of the jail medical officer.

He died in the hospital on Wednesday.

The swab sample of the deceased was taken for Covid-19 testing and it was found to be negative.

Arrangements are being made to hand over Bokul Mia's body to his family there, the police said.

All 26 Bangladeshis were booked under relevant sections of the Foreigners Amendment Act 2004 and Passport Act 1967.

Police said the Bangladeshi nationals, including the deceased, had entered India on a tourist visa and worked as fishermen in Jorhat and Sivsagar districts of Assam. They borrowed two vehicles from Jorhat, intending to return to Bangladesh amid the nationwide lockdown.

They were stopped and were in judicial custody at the Dhubri jail.

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