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    AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA

    As many as 55 Indian troops were killed and 320 injured in the battle for the Golden Temple in Amritsar, an Indian Army Major-General said on June 10 when giving the army's version of events there.This was in addition to the figure of nearly 400 Sikhs killed in the battle.Major General R.S.Brar commanded the assault force that stormed the temple during three days of intense fighting.The General accused the Sikhs of waging a campaign of terror, organised from within the temple.As he spoke, there was gunfire coming from Sikh snipers still holding out against troops, who returned fire.He said that the Sikhs had converted the holy shrine into an arsenal and had installed high grade fortifications all over the 17th century complex.It was obvious, he said, that the Sikhs had long ago decided a "do-or-dir" last stand.The General added that the army had not expected such stiff resistance from the Sikhs.The temple had been surrounded by a network of bunkers and tunnels that made it very difficult for the army to win control.

  • Description

    1. (MUTE) GV PAN Golden Temple 0.07
    2. (SOUND) SVs & CUs Major-General Brar speaking to reporter (ENGLISH SOT) over scenes of captured arms and equipment and damage to Golden Temple 2.49
    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQUENCE TWO):
    BRAR: "There were operating from the Golden Temple, which was the nerve centre of crime, instructions: They were sending out death warrants to people: They were ordering murders of innocent people all over the country. You can still hear them firing outside the Golden Temple. Anyway, the fact is that every day there were large numbers of murders being committed all over the country and instruction from the Golden Temple. These terrorists, don't think they have regard for life at all. They were functioning from the Holy Shrine -- a place of worship. Yet they have converted into an arsenal, they converted it into a terrorist camp. If one goes around place and sees the hundreds and thousands of weapons, munitions, explosives that they kept here I'm sure you will have no doubt in your mind as to what sort of people they were. We thought that they weren't going to give us such believe that their resistance would be much less than they actually offered. When we came in, at about 10.30 at night on the 5th of June the battle started raging. Right at the entrance to the Golden Temple the entire fortress was fortified. They had bunkers, emplacements and shelters on rooftops. They had converted all the windows into emplacements, they had converted all the doorway into emplacements. They had underground tunnels from where they would appear, they wold move from room to room. In fact, they'd even converted manholes in some of the verandas as firing positions. They used to appear from these manholes, lob grenades, shoot at us with sten guns and other automatics, then disappear into the manhole which connected with another room using the Akal Takht as a firing position. The Akal Takht had bunkers on the ground floor. Bunkers that took on my troops at ground level. On both sides of the Akal Takht they had bunkers on the high-rise rooftops. In fact, it is revealing even now that if you go into the akal Takht the floor is littered with thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition that they expended. I have a feeling that was their last ditch stand. They put everything into it. It was do or die."
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    Background: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA

    As many as 55 Indian troops were killed and 320 injured in the battle for the Golden Temple in Amritsar, an Indian Army Major-General said on June 10 when giving the army's version of events there.This was in addition to the figure of nearly 400 Sikhs killed in the battle.Major General R.S.Brar commanded the assault force that stormed the temple during three days of intense fighting.The General accused the Sikhs of waging a campaign of terror, organised from within the temple.As he spoke, there was gunfire coming from Sikh snipers still holding out against troops, who returned fire.He said that the Sikhs had converted the holy shrine into an arsenal and had installed high grade fortifications all over the 17th century complex.It was obvious, he said, that the Sikhs had long ago decided a "do-or-dir" last stand.The General added that the army had not expected such stiff resistance from the Sikhs.The temple had been surrounded by a network of bunkers and tunnels that made it very difficult for the army to win control.

    Source: DOORDASHAN TELEVISION

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2SSGOI6LJWOFKBR1YG4KDJCG
    Media URN:
    VLVA2SSGOI6LJWOFKBR1YG4KDJCG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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