Since hostilities broke out between India and Pakistan, the East Pakistani border villages around Hilli have been a focal point among the battle zones.
Since hostilities broke out between India and Pakistan, the East Pakistani border villages around Hilli have been a focal point among the battle zones. On Monday (6 December), Indian troops were under intensive pressure from Pakistani forces providing covering fire for their soldiers establishing alternative positions.
Pakistani official reports claim that Indian mortar and artillery attacks have over the last three weeks been consistently bombarding villages near Hilli -- which is situated in the country's north-east corner.
Refugees were moving into India as the two sides exchanged heavy fire across the bogs and paddy fields.
SYNOPSIS: Indian troops advance through the mine-strewn paddy fields in the Hilli district of East Pakistan. Since hostilities began this has been a focal point among the battle zones. On Monday, these men were under heavy fire from Pakistani forces trying to establish new positions behind a battery of covering fire.
On three sides of the Indian soldiers -- Pakistani forces. But reports said they were slowly pushing themselves out of this military cul-de-sac. Pakistani officials claim that Indian mortar and artillery attacks have been consistently bombarding villages over the last three weeks.
The indian forces, backed by well-equipped fighters of Mukti Bahini -- guerrillas bent on setting up an independent Bangle Desh nation in Last Pakistan. And on the day these scenes were filmed, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced her country's recognition of a Bangla Dash stats.
But with news of heavy civilian casualties, many villagers are making their way to the relative safety of the Indian interior. One Indian officer told newsmen that for the present, the Hilli area would continue to be a "hornet's nest".