100 Bangladeshis stranded at Benapole

United News of Bangladesh . Benapole | Published at 11:50pm on November 27, 2020

More than 100 Bangladeshis, including cancer patients, have remained stuck at Benapole checkpoint for not having COVID-19 negative certificates while returning from India.

The immigration police said that on November 19, the government asked all passengers returning from abroad to get COVID-19 negative certificates within seven days.

Benapole checkpoint was closed to the returnees without COVID-19 certificate on Friday following the direction.

The stranded passengers said they went to India with a COVID-19 negative certificate but they did not know they would need to get similar certificate from India to enter Bangladesh.

Benapole checkpost immigration health officer Bichitra Mallik said, ‘We are unable to go against the government direction.’

A special direction may come regarding those who reached the checkpoint on Friday, Benapole International Checkpoint immigration officer-in-charge Ahsan Habib said.

On November 15, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said passengers returning home from foreign countries must show COVID-19 negative certificates at the immigration.

‘They will have to go into quarantine for 14 days upon their return, else.’