Guwahati: 124 Northeast Indians (120 from Assam and 24 from Manipur) who were stranded in neighbouring Bangladesh amid the coronavirus-triggered lockdown were brought back via the Sutarkandi international border that falls under Assam's Karimganj district.
"People from 18 districts are coming in via the route; twenty four persons are from Manipur and they are mainly students and tourists. The Government has opened up the border for two hours", an official overseeing the transfer told mediapersons."The persons will be taken to their districts and officers have come with their own escorts to take them back. They will undergo thermal screening here, and the rest of the formalities will be done in their own districts", he added.
At the same time, 13 Bangladeshi nationals who were stranded in India amid the lockdown, were returned back to their own country through the same international border in Lower Assam. Jawans who facilitated the movement of the persons at the border ensured that social distancing protocol was adhered to, and 'social distancing' markers were also made on the roads to serve as a reminder.
It is pertinent to mention here that the international borders were closed down after the Government announced a lockdown to mitigate the crisis triggered by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Of late, the Government has laxed some of the restrictions to facilitate the movement of persons who have been stuck in foreign lands eve since the lockdown came into effect.