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4 April, 2020 01:26:47 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 April, 2020 02:11:27 PM
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2,500 Bangladeshis stranded in India

‘Govt committed to bringing back all its nationals’
Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka
2,500 Bangladeshis stranded in India

Some 2,500 Bangladeshi nationals, mostly students, are stranded in India as they are unable to come back because the Indian government has sealed its borders amid the outbreak of coronavirus. The government said it has been keeping a vigilant eye on its nationals through the high commission there so that no one faces any trouble. The government also said it is committed to bringing back all its nationals stuck in different countries, including India, at the most convenient time when the situation and environment become normal.

The foreign ministry said yesterday that it is keeping an eye on the expatriates amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Every year, a large number of Bangladesh nationals visit India for medical treatment, tourism, education and other purposes, the foreign office said. But amid the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Indian government has shut down all modes of transport, including bus, rail and air, for 21 days starting from March 25.  Quoting the latest information from the Bangladesh high commission in New Delhi, the foreign office said around 2,500 Bangladesh nationals are stuck in India. Of them, 1,000 are students.

As per the Indian government’s directive to prevent the spread of COVID-19, no foreigners, including expatriate Indians, are allowed to enter India till April 14. The Indian authorities are even discouraging foreign nationals now staying in India to leave the country, the foreign ministry said. Inter-state communications in India are also shut down at the moment. Under the circumstances, all Bangladesh missions, including the one in New Delhi, are keeping an eye on Bangladeshis staying in India now.

Officials of the missions are keeping continuous contact with the 2,500 Bangladesh nationals through various means, including telephone and hotlines. The high commissions in different countries are ready to address the financial and other problems of Bangladeshis there.

IK

 

 

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