• Short Summary

    Police and troops were patrolling the streets of Calcutta on Monday, after business activity and public transport had been brought to a standstill by a 24-hour General Strike throughout the state of West Bengal.

  • Description

    Police and troops were patrolling the streets of Calcutta on Monday, after business activity and public transport had been brought to a standstill by a 24-hour General Strike throughout the state of West Bengal.

    The strike was called by most of the West Bengal political parties in mourning for, and as a protest against the Killing at the weekend of left-wing, Forward Bloc leader Mr. Hemanta Kumar Basu.

    Mr. Basu, a candidate in next month's state assembly elections, was the fourth candidate or prospective candidate to be killed in the year-long wave of violence effecting West Bengal. On Monday at least 12 people were killed and 11 injured in the Calcutta area, although police said the killings did not directly result from the work stoppage. In December the life of West Bengal's 80-million people was brought to a standstill by a general strike, in response to the re-imposition of the West Bengal Violence Act, which gave police widespread powers to deal with violence and maintain law and order.

    For almost two years now, West Bengal has been under direct Presidential rule.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1DXZHN98SCNFXHC0L9XRMAR3Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA1DXZHN98SCNFXHC0L9XRMAR3Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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