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Bus service to Bangladesh suspended, Indo-Bangla trade halted

Last Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 21:00

Agartala: Agartala-Dhaka bus service was suspended and trade between Bangladesh and India through Tripura border came to a grinding halt following violence and strike in Bangladesh after the announcement of death sentence to an Islamic leader, official sources said on Friday.
Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) officials said the Dhaka-Agartala bus did not ply since Wednesday following strike and violence in the neighbouring country.

Trade between Tripura and Bangladesh came to a grinding halt in the Land Custom Stations (LCS) of the state, mainly the Akhaura LCS, they said.

Agartala Exporters-Importers Association general secretary Habul Biswas said hundreds of trucks on both sides of the international border were stranded due to the strike and it has led to massive loss to exporters and importers of both the countries.

"At least 200 trucks from Bangladesh enter into India through this check post and both sides make a transaction of at least Rs 20 lakh in a day, as this land custom station is the second most important station after Benapole in West Bengal," Biswas said.

Tripura shares 856 km-long-border with Bangladesh which constitutes 85 per cent of the total border of the state. The state transacts trade with the neighbouring country through five land custom stations.

The Jamaat-e-Islami, which was against the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971, organised protests and strikes across that country since Monday to protest the death sentence of the party`s secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mujaheed by an international tribunal.


First Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 21:00

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