More than 300 Bangladeshis are stuck in India's Petrapole land port today as Bangladesh government yesterday closed the border with India due to a huge surge in Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring country.
Many of the Bangladeshis stuck on the other side are patients or students, our Benapole correspondent reports.
Benapole Immigration Officer-in-Charge Ahsan Habib said that he received the letter to keep borders with India closed for the next 14 days. But according to the letter, if anyone has special permission from the high commissioner, there will be no bar to travel, the OC added.
Export-import between the two countries remains normal, Benapole Land Port Acting Director Abdul Jalil said.
He also said no passengers from Bangladesh could enter India as per instruction of the government. Passengers from India could not enter Bangladesh as well, he added.
Benapole Immigration Health Department's Medical Officer Habibur Rahman said, 570 bangladeshi passengers came from India yesterday and of them three people were diagnosed with coronavirus.
They contracted the virus in India and they are now undergoing treatment at Jashore Sadar Hospital's coronavirus unit.
Other than that, 11 passengers among 570 people who could not show any coronavirus negative certificate were sent to Benapole Rajnigandha residential hotel for institutional quarantine, the official said.