Tripura resumes trade with Bangladesh
Tripura resumed trade with Bangladesh on Monday following a two-day hiatus at the check posts in view of elections in the neighbouring country, an official said. Bangladesh went to polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament, the results of which were declared on Monday morning. The ruling Awami League-led alliance cruised to victory, bagging 260 seats in the 300-member House. All seven land custom stations in the State, closed since Saturday, recommenced operations along the border, P.K. Joardar, Assistant Commissioner of Customs Department (Tripura circle), said. “There was no official communication from Bangladesh and we kept our offices open, but there was no trade along the Indo-Bangla border,” he said. Trucks carrying goods from Bangladesh entered India in the morning through Agartala-Akhaura Integrated Check Post, one of the largest trading points between the two countries, Khokan Bhowmick, spokesperson of a trade association, said. “We hope that export and import would begin in full swing from tomorrow. Much of the operations were withheld as truck drivers in Bangladesh had gone to their native places to cast their votes,” Mr. Bhowmick of Agartala Exporter Importer Entrepreneur Sangha said. Tripura imports fish, cement and plastic products from Bangladesh, while exporting rubber latex, bamboo-based products, broomstick and soybean seeds, CNG-run vehicles and maize to the country.