• Short Summary

    VIOLENT CLASHES IN A 24-YOURS GENERAL STRIKE THROUGHOUT WEST BENGAL, INDIA'S MAIN INDUSTRIAL STATE, CAUSED AT LEAST 19 DEATHS, WITH ONE-HUNDRED WOUNDED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    VIOLENT CLASHES IN A 24-YOURS GENERAL STRIKE THROUGHOUT WEST BENGAL, INDIA'S MAIN INDUSTRIAL STATE, CAUSED AT LEAST 19 DEATHS, WITH ONE-HUNDRED WOUNDED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

    THE STOPPAGE BROUGHT THE CAPITAL, CALCUTTA, TO A VIRTUAL STANDSTILL. TRAIN SERVICES AND ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WERE PARALYSED BY THE SHUTDOWN, CALLED BY THE MARXIST COMMUNIST PARTY IN PROTEST AGAINST THE RESIGNATION OF THE STATE'S CHIEF MINISTER, MR. AJOY MUKHARJEE.

    THE ARMY WAS ON THE ALERT AND MEN OF THE PARA-MILITARY EASTERN FRONTIER RIFLES AND THE CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE PATROLLED CALCUTTA AND A NUMBER OF TOWNS IN COUNTRY AREAS, WHERE SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF THE STRIKE FOUGHT EACH OTHER WITH HOME-MACE BOMBS, KNIVES AND SPEARS. ELEVEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN ONE DISTRICT.

    THE CAPITAL SAW SEVERAL CLASHED, MAINLY BETWEEN GROUPS OF FACTORY WORKERS IN THE INDUSTRIAL BELT. ONE PERSON IS KNOWN TO HAVE SEEN KILLED.

    LIFE IN CALCUTTA, A CITY OF TWELVE-MILLION PEOPLE, WAS SEVERELY DISRUPTED WITH TRAFFIC HALTED, AND BUSINESS SHOPS AND SCHOOLS CLOSED. ESSENTIAL SERVICES SUCH AS GAS, ELECTRICITY, AMBULANCES AND MILK DELIVERY WERE, HOWEVER, ALLOWED TO OPERATE BY THE STRIKE ORGANISERS.

    THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE STAYED CLOSED BY THEIR HOMES - VERY FEW DARED VENTURE INTO THE STREETS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1RPLAMT04XSYK2IZ0XKJ20SYR
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RPLAMT04XSYK2IZ0XKJ20SYR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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