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Unprecedented surge Bangladeshi tourists flood Indian cities

  • Update Time : Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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Delhi Correspondent:

The Indian Bureau of Immigration has revealed that from April 8 to 14 alone, an unprecedented 10,000 to 12,000 Bangladeshis streamed through the Benapole-Petrapole border each day, setting an extraordinary record.

Thousands more embarked on journeys via air or other land borders like Hili, Dawki and Akhaura, traversing to bustling hubs like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai.

The numbers tell a compelling tale—an estimated total of 150,000 Bangladeshis made their way into India by road, air and train within this one-week timeframe.

Bangladeshis usually visit India throughout the year for different purposes, including tourism, treatment or shopping, and Indian officials said the massive influx in those seven days had never been seen before.

This development is significant against the backdrop of some online activists and political leaders in Bangladesh championing an “India Out” campaign and urging the boycott of Indian goods.

The flood of visitors during the holidays and festive season had proved that people-to-people ties were intact and soaring to new heights every day, a senior government official in India said.

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