Md. Osman Gani, Benapole (Jesore): After three months, 26 Bangladeshi fishermen detained in West Bengal jail in India returned home. On Tuesday afternoon, the 26 fishermen were handed over 'Special Travel Pass' by the Petrapol Immigration Police of India to the Benapole Check Post Immigration Police of Bangladesh.
It should be noted that many Bangladeshi fishermen were caught by a sea storm while catching hilsa in Bangopasgar on August 18. When they went to the Indian border while floating in the sea, the Coast Guard police rescued all these fishermen and kept them in Indian jail.
After confirming the citizenship of 40 of the detainees on November 1, Bangladesh Deputy High Commission appointed in Kolkata handed them over to Bangladesh and handed over 26 today. They are residents of Pirojpur and Barguna districts.
Sheikh Marefat Tariqul Islam, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh assigned to India, said that 26 returning Bangladeshi fishermen were in the security custody of Buddhapur Flood Center and Moipith Shelter Home in Kakdwip. With the cooperation of the two countries, it became possible quickly.
Benapole Checkpost Immigration Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abul Kalam Azad said that Bangladeshi fishermen who returned on special travel permits of the Indian government have been handed over to Benapole Port Police Station after completing immigration formalities. From there, an NGO called Justice and Care will receive them and hand them over to their families.
Muhit Hossain, senior program officer of Jessore Justice and Care said, Jessore Justice and Care received the returning fishermen from Benapole Port Police Station. They will be handed over to their families today.