Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Assault of Indian lorry driver in Bangladesh stalls export
Malda, 9 March, 2015: Export to Bangladesh through Mahadipur international border was entirely stalled today after anti-government agitators in Bangladesh allegedly hurled cocktail bombs targeting a wheat laden lorry from India and severely roughed up the driver at Panama port area of Shibganj police station in Bangladesh last night around 11 pm.
After learning the horrid experience of Sariful Sheikh (37), the lorry driver who managed to flee back to India with the help of Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) personnel, other lorry drivers and helpers resolved to drive goods laden lorries to Bangladesh and started an indefinite agitation demanding redress.
As excitement mounted, senior administrative officials and officials of border forces of both India and Bangladesh sat for a meeting to resolve the issue around 11 am. Mr Raman Chand, company commandant of 125th BSF battalion, representatives of lorry drivers and officials on exporters’ association discussed the emergent situation with a BGB commandant Mr Lutfar Rahman, officer in charge of Shibganj police station Mr Masud Sheikh and importers of Bangladesh.
Expressing profound concern over the incident the exporters and lorry drivers of India warned that such uncalled for incidents should be strictly dealt with by Bangladesh officials to sustain smooth export from India.
Mr Samir Ghosh, joint secretary of Mahadipur exporters’ association informed that the lorry driver Sariful, a resident of Mangalbari area in Malda police station became a victim of miscreants’ attack in Bangladesh soon after he had entered Bangladesh with a wheat laden lorry last night.
“We have learnt from sources that those miscreants attacked the lorry as a part of its agitation against Bangladesh government. As they pelted petrol bombs on the lorry, a large quantity of wheat was scorched. Sariful with help from BGB personnel returned India with severe injuries. He was treated in Malda Medical College Hospital (MMCH),” Mr Ghosh said.
BGB official Mr Rahman regretted the attack on the Indian lorry and its driver. He assured that BGB would recommend to Bangladesh government to pay compensation to the lorry driver and the wasted crops.
As the meeting was concluded around 3 pm, no lorry from India went to Bangladesh today which incurred a huge loss as estimated by the exporters.