Tuesday, April 21, 2020

164 stranded Bangladeshis brought home from India by special flight

The first batch of Bangladesh nationals, who got stuck in India due to countrywide lockdown there, returned home from Chennai on Monday.

The government in coordination with Bangladesh high commission in New Delhi facilitated the return of 164 Bangladesh nationals in the first batch, reports news agency UNB.

More similar special flights will be operated in next few days to bring back Bangladesh nationals who got stuck in India after going there for treatment.

A good number of Bangladesh nationals from Kolkata, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and other border areas returned home with the support of Bangladesh missions there, said the Bangladesh high commission in New Delhi.

US-Bangla Airlines is operating the special flights with the support of the government to bring back Bangladesh nationals who got stranded in Chennai and Kolkata due to countrywide lockdown in India amid coronavirus outbreak.

The US-Bangla Airlines said they will operate five more special flights on Chennai-Dhaka route until 25 April.

Two more special flights will bring back the Bangladeshis from Kolkata to Dhaka on 21 April and 23 April.

Some 2,500 Bangladesh nationals including over 1,000 students got stuck in different Indian cities due to current lockdown there, according to the foreign affairs ministry.

The government earlier urged the Bangladesh citizens, now got stuck in a number of Indian cities, to have patience assuring them of their gradual repatriation after bringing back patients from South India.
20/04/20 Prothom Alo
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