Indo-Bangla trade resumes through Akhaura

AGARTALA, Aug 24 – Export and import between India and Bangladesh have resumed through Akhaura land port after a two-day halt following a strike by Agartala Export-Import Workers Association, official sources said. “The workers resumed their work since Monday after the officials of the Industries and Commerce department had persuaded the workers association and assured that the department would take positive steps to fulfill their demands”, Pratap Datta, General Manager of Industries and Commerce department told reporters. The workers of ‘Agartala Export-Import Workers Association’ called an indefinite strike on Saturday last, demanding more space for loading and unloading of goods from trucks, immediate repair of the roads, highways and adequate storage facilities for the imported goods and extension of time for loading-unloading. A large number of trucks were stranded on both sides of the check post for the last two days due to the workers’ strike. Highway blockade: Around 250 surrendered militants blocked the Agartala-Sabroom national highway at Birchandranagar in South Tripura in support of their 10-point charter of demands.