The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh has offered its clarification on a news article titled "India refuses entry to 70 citizens at Benapole check post for coronavirus lockdown" published by The Daily Star on its website on March 24.
Quoting immigration officials, the report says that Indian immigration at Petrapole check post refused entry to 70 Indian nationals -- who were going there from Bangladesh through Benapole -- because of the lockdown in India.
In a message yesterday, the Indian High Commission said this story had some inaccuracies.
"The students reached after the border was closed and despite us telling them that the border was closed. The article also incorrectly talks of the AHC Khulna giving permission… he is not authorised to do so. We have put out tweets on this…"
Talking to The Daily Star, an official of the Indian High Commission said as India had sealed all its borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Indian citizens all across the world were advised not to travel to the country during this time.
The Indians in Bangladesh were also communicated the same message, he said.
Now, they have returned to their residences in Bangladesh, the official added.