4th anniversary of exchanging erstwhile enclaves celebrated

RANGPUR, Around 37,500 people living in erstwhile enclaves in four northern districts celebrated the fourth anniversary of the historic land exchange between Bangladesh and India amid huge enthusiasm and festivity today.

All 111 former enclaves, including 12 in Kurigram, 59 in Lalmonirhat, four in Nilphamari and 36 in Panchagarh turned into festive with attractive programmes.

The programmes included lighting of 68 candles at zero hours, hoisting of

the national flag and singing of national anthem this morning followed by

rallies, discussions, rural sports competitions, cultural functions and prize


The erstwhile enclave people placed wreaths at portraits of Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

cut cakes and distributed sweets and offered special prayers at religious


The national flag was hoisted atop all houses, hats, bazaars and

educational institutions and hundreds of children, adolescents, young boys

and girls, men and women brought out rallies and danced in erstwhile


People of former Dashiarchhara enclave in Fulbari upazila of Kurigram

lighted candles on Kalirhat Government Primary School ground at zero hour

followed by colourful programmes.

Former Awami League (AL) Lawmaker and Chairman of Kurigram District

Council Alhaj Md. Jafar Ali inaugurated the candlelit function to begin

celebrations of enclave exchanging anniversary there as the chief guest.

With President of Dashiarchhara unit of IndiaBangladesh Enclave

Exchanging Coordination Committee Altaf Hossain in the chair, Fulbari upazila

Chairman Golam Rabbani Sarker and Viceresident of Fulbari upazila AL

Shahjahan Mian Badsha addressed it as special guests.

In Panchagarh, people of 36 former enclaves gathered at, former Garati

enclave in Sadar upazila, former Puthimari enclave in Boda upazila and other

former enclaves to celebrate the anniversary with similar programmes.

The main function was arranged on Garati Mofizar Rahman Degree College

ground in erstwhile Garati enclave at zero hour.

Panchagarh Sadar upazila Chairman Aminul Islam attended the function there

as the chief guest with Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh part of defunct

IndiaBangladesh Enclave Exchanging Coordination Committee Md. Mofizar Rahman

in the chair.

In Nilphamari, people of four erstwhile enclaves gathered at former Paschim

Kharibari enclave and other enclaves in Dimla upazila.

In Lalmonirhat, residents of 59 former enclaves arranged functions at

former enclaves Bhitorkuthi in Sadar upazila, Banskata in Patgram upazila and

Uttar Gotmari in Hatibandha upazila to celebrate the day.

Lalmonirhat District Council Chairman Advocate Matiar Rahman inaugurated

the celebrations by lighting candles in the main function held at former

Bhitorkuthi enclave as the chief guest.

With President of Bhitorkuthi unit of defunct IndiaBangladesh Enclave

Exchanging Coordination Committee HarunArRashid in the chair, Deputy

Commissioner of Lalmonirhat Abu Jafar attended the function as special guest.

Talking to BSS, Md. Mofizar Rahman of former Garati enclave in Panchagarh

expressed deep gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian

counterpart Naredra Modi for implementing the LBA on August 1 in 2015.

General Secretary of Bangladesh part of defunct IndiaBangladesh Enclave

Exchanging Coordination Committee Md. Golam Mostafa said local people

celebrated the occasion today at all former enclaves with many colourful


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)