Truckers in Bangladesh today enforced a strike on the western Benapole Land Port with India, protesting the reported arrest of a fellow worker on the Indian side and bringing the trade-related activities to a complete halt on the busy facility.
A police official stationed at the crucial land port said the striking truckers were demanding the release of a Bangladeshi truck driver allegedly detained by Indian police last week.
He, however, could not tell why the driver was arrested as he entered the Indian side of the border with a loaded truck.
A local correspondent reached here by phone said the Indian police arrested him as he was roaming around the area awaiting the unloading of the truck on the Indian side.
The truckers on Tuesday had enforced a two-hour halt on work demanding the release of the fellow transport worker.
The lawmaker of the constituency Afil Uddin and other officials were negotiating with the transport workers persuading them to withdraw the strike.
They said efforts were underway to get the Bangladeshi driver released on bail as early as possible through talks with Indian authorities.
Everyday, some 3,000 trucks from both sides, most of them from India, load and unload goods at the border.
According to an estimate a day's suspension of work at the Benapole Port deprives Bangladesh of an amount of revenue worth Taka 60 million.