Bangladesh violence affects business, long queues of trucks on border

Dhaka: The impact of violence against the Hindu community in Bangladesh has also started reflecting on the trade between India and Bangladesh. Amid the violence, several trucks exporting goods along the Indo-Bangladesh border with West Bengal have been waiting for two months to be allowed to enter. Exporters have expressed displeasure over this and appealed for the opening of the border at the earliest.

During Durga Puja recently, fundamentalists in Bangladesh attacked Hindu temples. Idols of Hindu gods were broken. Many people were also killed. Two ISKCON devotees were killed. There is also resentment among Hindus living in various states of the country and abroad, including West Bengal. ISKCON has been constantly protesting and demonstrating against it. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has also protested against the attack and murder.

Long waits at Petrapol and Ghozadanga ground borders for trucks carrying goods to Bangladesh, even after repeated requests, continue to be a problem for traders. Exporters said trucks exporting goods have been stopped for more than a month. In some cases, trucks have been parked for 55 days. Sushil Patwari, Chairman (East), Federation of Indian Exports said, "There are many reasons for the long waiting period of trucks. The export volume from both the countries has increased and Durga puja holidays have added to the woes."

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