Indian car rally team returned from the Bangladesh border due to security concerns

KOLKATA: A rally with 21 cars from Calcutta to and other cities in Bangladesh to promote friendship, called Moitree, coinciding with the centenary celebrations of the birth of Bangabandhu Sk Mujibur Rahman, was rejected Sunday from the Benapole border. The organizers have established an investigation into the incident. Armed with the required visa, he crossed the Petrapole border on Sunday morning, only to be stopped at the end of Bangladesh and was told to return. The annoying protesters said they were told to return for some security problems and for lack of permission. However, nothing was given in writing. The concentration was supposed to move from Dhaka to Bazaar, Chittagong, Mymensingh and Narayanganj, and re-enter Bengal in Siliguri, reports Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey.

The Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata, Toufique Hasan, told TOI that although the intention of the demonstration was good, visas are granted only to enter, but a demonstration of this magnitude requires several other permits from several Bangladeshi authorities.