Agartala, June 22

One person was killed and two others were injured when a Kolkata-bound Tripura passenger bus going via Dhaka collided with a car in Bangladesh, a transport official said here.

"The Maitri passenger bus crashed into a Bangladesh government vehicle near Petrapole-Benapole border (adjacent to West Bengal)," the official said.

The victim was the driver of the government vehicle and the injured included a Bangladeshi official.

The transport official said the driver of the bus, owned by the Tripura Road Transport Corporation, was arrested by the Bangladesh police.

"The passengers of the bus were unhurt. We are also in touch with the Indian High Commission in Dhaka in this regard," the official added.

The Indian and Bangladeshi governments have been operating Kolkata-Dhaka, Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala, Agartala-Dhaka, Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata and Kolkata-Khulna international bus services.

The Kolkata-Dhaka bus service, the first direct surface communication between the two neighbouring countries, was initiated in July 1999 while the Agartala-Dhaka bus service was launched in September 2003.

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