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India suspends bus to Dhaka pending inquiry

The Agartala-Dhaka bus service has been temporarily suspended, following the torching of India's Maitree passenger bus by a mob at Narsingdi in Bangladesh on Friday.

'The Agartala-Dhaka bus service has been suspended temporarily after Maitree was set afire by miscreants in Narsingdi. It would resume after an inquiry and repairing of the old bus,' the managing director of the Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) Rabindra Reang said. The bus was reportedly torched in a case of mistaken identity during a political clash in the area.

A two-member team of the TRTC will leave for Narsingdi, about 70 kilometres from here, on Monday to lodge a formal complaint with the police there and conduct an inquiry into the incident, Reang said, adding that Maitree was insured and an inquiry was necessary to make a claim for the insurance.

Maitree plies from Agartala to Dhaka on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week, while a Bangladeshi bus Shyamali shuttles on the rest of the days, except on Sundays.

Following the suspension, no bus will leave for Dhaka from here from Monday, but the service of Shyamali will continue, TRTC sources said.
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