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Bangla national sent back

By Staff Correspondent

SILCHAR, April 26 - A 35-year-old man from Sunamganj district of Bangladesh who swam across Kushiara river and reached Karimganj district was sent back by the BSF today.

According to a senior BSF official, the person identified as Abdul Haque was traced and recovered around 7 am and sent back with mutual cooperation from Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) as a goodwill gesture considering the present circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the MHA guideline, no one should be allowed to enter Indian territory, the official added.

Meanwhile, Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan MP informed that the person swam across the river, but was spotted by the BSF at the Kalibari post. He was reported to be mentally unstable, the DC added.

On the other hand, regarding the movement of vehicles carrying ginger and other edible commodities from Mizoram to Bangladesh through the Sutarkandi border, the Deputy Commissioner said that as per the MHA guideline issued on April 15, movement through land border port is permissible.

In the meantime, all guidelines regarding COVID-19, including sanitization of the trucks is being maintained and a medical team looks after health-related issues at the border.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that on Saturday, Karimganj MP Kripanath Mallah and Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul visited the storm-affected locations of the district and offered assistance to the people whose houses were damaged.

�As the area is partly inaccessible, we had to reach the spot in a boat. There are around 1,000 people affected by the recent storm. For immediate relief, we offered 600 grams of rice along with dal per adult and 200 grams of rice for minors along with other necessary edible items. Additionally, roofing material was given for reconstruction as per SDRF provisions,� Anbamuthan MP informed.

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