Assam: 26 Bangladeshi nationals stranded with expired visa held in Dhubri district

Assam: 26 Bangladeshi nationals stranded with expired visa held in Dhubri district

GUWAHATI | May 4, 2020:

At-least 26 Bangladeshi nationals stranded in India with expired visas were detained on Sunday in Dhubri district of Assam while they were going to Cooch Behar in West Bengal.

According to sources they are natives of the Kurigram district of Bangladesh and had traveled with a government-issued pass from Assam's Jorhat to Dhubri.

These nationals had entered India after obtaining tourist visas three months ago through the border outpost in Bengal's Cooch Behar district, where they were engaged in the fishery business. They were stranded in India because of the nationwide lockdown.

A senior police official from Dhubri said during our routine check under the Chapar police station in Dhubri districts, we detained them since they did not have any valid documents for interstate transit to West Bengal and their visas had expired.

The Assam government sources have added that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been informed of their detainment at Dhubri.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Deputy High commission sources in Guwahati have said that the matter has been raised with their Indian counterparts. They will be deported with New Delhi's help.

However, all of them are now being quarantined.

Source: TheHindu

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