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Bangladeshi Tourists Flock to Indian Cities Amid 'India Out' Campaign

© AP Photo / Al-emrun GarjonDhaka, Bangladesh
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Approximately 150,000 Bangladeshis traveled to India in a single week by various means, including road, air, and train. This significant influx is particularly noteworthy in light of the ongoing "India Out" campaign by online activists and political figures in Bangladesh calling for a boycott of Indian products.
The Indian Immigration Bureau has reported an unprecedented surge of 10,000 to 12,000 Bangladeshis crossing the Benapole-Petrapole border every day from April 8 to 14, setting a remarkable record, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
In addition, thousands more traveled by air or through other land borders such as Hili, Dawki and Akhaura to major cities such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai.

The numbers are striking: an estimated 150,000 Bangladeshis crossed into India by road, air and rail in just one week.

Traditionally, Bangladeshis visit India throughout the year for various reasons, including tourism, medical treatment or shopping.

This influx is noteworthy, especially in light of some online activists and political leaders in Bangladesh advocating for 'India Out' campaign and promoting a boycott of Indian goods.

The surge in visitors during the festive season underlines the resilience and strengthening of people-to-people links, as a senior government official in India pointed out.
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