After ten years of going missing, a mentally challenged woman returned Bangladesh from India through Akhaura land port on Tuesday.
The officials of Bangladesh assistant high commission at Agartala handed over Bithi Akther,30, daughter of Hemayet Thandar of Bachuria of Lohaghara in Narail, to her mother at around noon.
Bithi Akher went missing in 2010 from Gazipur. Bithi’s mother Safia Begum said she along with Bithi Akher went to visit her elder daughter’s house in Gazipur in 2010.
‘We searched her everywhere including relatives’ homes, but found her nowhere. A few months ago, a local journalist informed us that my daughter is in Tripura of India. Finally, we got her today. I am very much happy getting my daughter. I am grateful to the Bangladesh government and want to thank governments of both the countries,’ said Safia.
Bangladesh’s assistant high commissioner at Agartala Kiriti Chakma said Tripura police found her in 2012. ‘She was mentally sick and the police admitted her to Modern Psychiatry Hospital in Tripura where she was treated. Being informed, we inform this matter Bangladesh government,’ he said.
After lot of formalities Bithi could be handed over her to her parents today,’ he said.
Bithi Akther said, ‘Now I am quite well. I am happy returning to Bangladesh.’
Sayed Khairul Alam, a social worker and journalist in Narail said three months ago he came to know Bithi’s missing news from her mother. ‘I talked to local police station and also went to the home ministry and foreign ministry and finally traced Bithi in Tripura in. In September, I went to Tripura and I found her in Modern Psychiatry Hospital with the help of the assistant high commission at Agartala,’ he said.
Among others 25 BGB Battalion commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Golam Kabir, first secretary of Bangaldesh assistant high commission Md Zakir Hossain, Akhaura upazila nirbahi officer Tahmina Akter Raina, Akhaura police officer-in-charge Md Rasul Ahmed Nijami were present on the occassion.
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