Travelers from India stranded in Benapole
200 trucks, many with perishable items, stuckNew Age Online
Travelers immigrated in to Bangladesh got stranded at Benapole border point due to country-wide 48-hours shut down enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami, port sources said.
Nasir Uddin, customs affairs secretary, Benapole Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents (C&F) Association, told New Age that about 100 travelers entered the land port from India till noon Wednesday.
‘They were compelled to stay at residential hotels, transport counters, at residences of relatives and friends adjacent to land port due to lack of transport’,
Aminul Haque, vice-president, Benapole Importers and Exporters Association said goods laden trucks remained stuck due to the general strike enforced by the Jamaat-e-Islami.
‘Benapole had faced such awkward situation many time in the last one year due to strike called by the port users, the opposition parties’ and even the ruling party, Haque said.
Abdul Mannan, manager of Green Line Transport said many of his passengers are staying in his bus lounge. Children in the port
Sadhan Kumar Kundu, assistant commissioner of Benapole customs told newsmen that activities at the customs house were going on normally.
200 trucks are sitting idle of which many are carrying perishable items, Benapole port police said. An official, requesting anonymity, said police escorted a Dhaka bound inter-country bus of Shyamoli paribahan in the afternoon today.
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