Political violence has flared in New Delhi following the jailing for contempt of Parliament of the former Prime Minister Mrs.
Political violence has flared in New Delhi following the jailing for contempt of Parliament of the former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse pro-Gandhi demonstrators, and many arrests have been reported. Mrs. Gandhi has been jailed until the end of the current Parliamentary session.
SYNOPSIS: Among the demonstrations in New Delhi this week was a group of women who pretended to weep over an effigy of the Janata party Prime Minister Mr. Morarji Desai. he was also burned in effigy. The demonstrations followed the jailing of 61 year old Mrs. Gandhi on Tuesday (19 December). Parliament had also voted to expel her for what it called a `grave breach of privilege and contempt in the harassment of four government officials when she was Prime Minister in 1975'. These demonstrators, and other throughout India, objected to the sentence and faced police tear gas.
The demonstrators were organised and used buses. Mrs. Gandhi's Indira Congress Party has called her punishment `vindictive and undemocratic'. It says the ruling Janata party has used its majority in the lower house to humiliate the people of India, particularly those in Chikmagalur who elected Mrs. Gandhi to Parliament last month. The authorities used force to quell the demonstrations.
Tyres burning in the street were doused by firemen under police protection.
Mr. Desai told Parliament that all the violence during two days had been set off int he name of the Indira Congress. He said the party's supporters had gone on a rampage. And his own Janata Party's property was a target.
Demonstrators tried to burn down the Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi. About 1,000 people were reported arrested in the demonstrations.