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Tripura repatriates five Bangladeshi nationals

Police said Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala had facilitated their return to their homeland and BSF officials handed them over to its Bangladesh counterpart from were the relatives of the returnees received them in Bangladesh soil.

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Agartala: Tripura government on Friday repatriated five Bangladeshi nationals through Akhaura Integrated Check post here who have been undergoing treatment at Modern Psychiatric Hospital.

Police said Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala had facilitated their return to their homeland and BSF officials handed them over to its Bangladesh counterpart from were the relatives of the returnees received them in Bangladesh soil.

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The returnee nationals of Bangladesh were identified as Santosh Deb of Chittagong, Bijoy Chunu of Narayanganj, Moina Begum of Manikganj, Rogina Begum of Patuakhali and Kulsum Begum of Comilla who had crossed the border unknowingly due to psychological misbalanced in separate occasions.

The BSF detained them and handed them over to the police. During the course of their investigation, the court found them psychologically ill and referred them to a psychiatric hospital at Narsingarh, on the northern outskirts of Agartala.

Recently, the hospital authority informed the Bangladesh diplomats here to take them back, as all of them are cured now, sources said. The first secretary of the Bangladesh High Commission S M Asaduzzaman confirmed that the five Bangladeshi nationals had been detained multiple times in multiple locations in Tripura after they crossed over Indian territory without valid documents.

According to court directives, they were admitted to a psychiatric hospital after being diagnosed as mentally ill. He said their citizenship was verified by Bangladesh after hospital authority declared them fit for discharge.

The Indian external affairs ministry issued No Objection Certificate for their repatriation in response to the request of the Bangladesh government and accordingly with the consent of the Tripura government they were sent back.

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