8 held over clash at Benapole port, trade resumes

Trade at Benapole land port resumed on Tuesday morning after around 24 hours of suspension following a clashe between two groups over taking control of the port’s contracting job.

Import-export activities and loading and unloading of goods resumed 10 am again and 50 trucks entered the land port from India with imported goods until 11 pm, said Abdul Jalil, Deputy Director (traffic) of Benapole land port.

Meanwhile, a case was filed against 36 people in connection with the clashe and eight people were arrested, said Kamal Hossain Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Benapole port police station.

On Monday, around 11 am, two groups locked in a clash and exploded several bombs leaving a police member and seven workers injured.

Trade between the two countries, including unloading of goods, was suspended due to the clash, said the port authority.

OC Kamal Hossain said a private vehicle, one imported arm, five rounds of bullets, and two unexploded bombs were recovered from the port area on Monday night.

Additional policemen have been deployed at the land port area to keep the situation under control, he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh