Six Bangladeshi patients from Agartala psychiatric hospital repatriated

Border Security Force and police arrest hundreds of people entering Tripura from Bangladesh every year

Six Bangladeshis housed in a mental hospital here were repatriated on Thursday. The Indian High Commission in Dhaka and the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in Agartala facilitated their return.

Previously, two Bangladeshis, a man and a woman, had been repatriated on March 13. Both had been accommodated for several years at the Modern Psychiatry Hospital (MPH) located near the airport.

Senior diplomatic officials from India and Bangladesh attended the dispatch program at the Agartala Integrated Checkpoint. Family members of the six returnees were also present.

MPH’s Dr Monica Debbarma said one of those discharged included a person who had spent 10 long years in hospital. Others had also spent considerable time in the institution.

The Border Security Force (BSF) and police detain hundreds of people every year who enter Tripura from Bangladesh. They are mainly detained under the passport law.

However, a significant number of inmates suffer from physiological disorders and do not provide details about themselves. They eventually arrive at MPH, the state’s only psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation center.

“We still have around 100 patients registered as Bangladeshis. Some of them have fully recovered but their families have not yet contacted our government, ”said Dr Debbarma.

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