• Short Summary

    MRS. INDIRA GHANDI, THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAS APPEALED TO OPPOSITION MEMBERS IN PARLIAMENT TO?

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    MRS. INDIRA GHANDI, THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAS APPEALED TO OPPOSITION MEMBERS IN PARLIAMENT TO CO-OPERATE TO END THE VIOLENCE THROUGHOUT INDIA OVER WHAT SHE CALLED "THE CRITICAL FOOD SITUATION". ALREADY AT LEAST 20 LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST IN THE RIOTING IN CALCUTTA WHERE RIOTERS ALSO SET FIRE TO A TRAIN AND BURNED AN EFFIGY OF THE STATE MINISTER, M P.C. SEN.

    A 24-HOUR GENERAL STRIKE CLOSING DOWN ALL INDUSTRY BEGAN IN WEST BENGAL EARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING. AT RISHRA, SEVERAL THOUSAND RIOTERS STOPPED A TRAIN AND SET FIRE TO IT. TWO FIRE ENGINES THAT CAME TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE MET THE SAME FATE. THE SIGNAL BOX AT THE STATION WAS ALSO BURNED AND RAILWAY TRACK DAMAGED.

    SECURITY FORCES BEGAN PATROLLING THE TRACK AND THE STREETS OF THE BENGAL STATE CAPITAL, CALCUTTA. THE STREETS WERE ALMOST DESERTED, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT CALCUTTA IS THE MOST POPULOUS CITY IN INDIA. ALL SHOPS WERE CLOSED WITH TRADING COMPLETELY DROUGHT TO A HALT BY THE STRIKE. HOWEVER, THE SECURITY FORCES STOOD IN READINESS AT STRATEGIC POINTS.

    IN ANOTHER PART OF CALCUTTA, A CROWD OF STUDENTS BURNED AN EFFIGY OF MR. P.C. SEN, THE STATE CHIEF MINISTER. MRS. GANDHI SAID IN PARLIAMENTARY YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT WAS NO USE SAYING "GIVE US MORE FOOD." SHE ASKED: "WHERE IS THE FOOD TO GIVE?" MRS. GHANDI SAID THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE BETTER DISTRIBUTION OF AVAILABLE FOOD BUT THIS COULD NOT BE DONE IF THERE WAS CONFLICT OR DESTRUCTION OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2KQW12R6LF1D4AX8CE5B8AVD8
    Media URN:
    VLVA2KQW12R6LF1D4AX8CE5B8AVD8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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