Dhubri court frees 25 Bangladeshis held for visa violations

A court at Dhubri in Assam has ordered release of 25 Bangladeshi nationals who have been languishing in jail since May for breaching terms and conditions of their visas on August 29.

SM Abraham Lingkon, convener of the Bangladesh-India Border Victim Rescue Committee, said the development came following a request from Bangladesh.

As per report, the Dhubri court on August 29 dropped the charges against the 25 Bangladeshi nationals and ordered them to be released, Lingkon said, quoting Bangladesh’s Assistant High Commissioner in Guwahati, Tanvir Mansur.

Hailing from Kurigram’s Chilmari upazila, they came to India on tourist visas but had been working as fishermen and farm workers.

On May 3, Assam police had arrested 26 Bangladeshi nationals from Dhubri when they were on their way home. They intended to enter Bangladesh through the Changrabandha check post.

Police filed a case against them alleging that they flouted visa conditions, by working though their visas, which did not allow them to do so.

Since then, they have been in jail, and one of them also died there on July 1.

The Bangladesh government took the initiative to bring them home and requested India to release them.

Responding to the request, the police decided to withdraw the case against the 25 Bangladeshi nationals.

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