Bangla Desh soldiers have captured at least one village in East Pakistan, on the border with India, in a series of incidents in the past few days.
Bangla Desh soldiers have captured at least one village in East Pakistan, on the border with India, in a series of incidents in the past few days. Reports say they clashed with Pakistan Government troops in Tulaigachi Village, driving them and the inhabitants out, and that Government troops abandoned another border village after being raided by the Bangla Desh fighters. This film, shot yesterday (June 20), shows the occupation of Tulaigachi. It is a rare view of the armed struggle in East Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: East Pakistan -- Bangla Desh fighters have captured at least one village on the border with India in a series of armed clashes in the past few days involving Indian, Pakistani and Bangla Desh troops. This is the one village known to have been captured by Bangla Desh fighters. Its inhabitants left following a two and a half hour shooting match between Bangla Desh soldiers and Pakistan Government troops, in which the invading forces claimed to have killed five Government soldiers.
In other hit and run incidents along the border in the past few days, Bangla Desh raids forced Government troops to abandon an East Pakistan border post at Bhurangamari. Indian and Pakistan Government troops exchanged fire, meanwhile after Pakistan mortar shells fell on the West Bengal village of Haridaspur, a thousand yards(metres) inside India. Pakistan mortar shells also fell on the West Bengal border town of Cooch Behar. No casualties were reported there, but 30 Pakistan Government troops were reported killed in clashes with Bangla Desh fighters in the Sylhet district of East Pakistan. Bangla Desh Commando-type attacks have also prevented Government forces from repairing a railway in East Pakistan's Rangpur district.
Meanwhile, as further reports of armed clashes come in, India's Defence Minister Mr Jagjivan Ram called upon the Indian Army to be ready for possible war with Pakistan. This might be thrust upon India as a result of the crisis, he said on Sunday. On the same day Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi said the time had "not yet come" for India to recognise Bangla Desh -- declared independent in an informal outdoor ceremony on April 17.