• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 5,000 DEMONSTRATORS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) MARCHED IN A PROCESSION THROUGH THE STREETS OF BOMBAY TO PRESS A DEMAND FOR AN EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE MAHARASHTRA-MYSORE BOUNDARY DISPUTE.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 5,000 DEMONSTRATORS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) MARCHED IN A PROCESSION THROUGH THE STREETS OF BOMBAY TO PRESS A DEMAND FOR AN EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE MAHARASHTRA-MYSORE BOUNDARY DISPUTE. ORGANISED BY THE SAMPOORNA MAHARASHTRA SAMITI PARTY (SSP) AND OTHER COMMUNIST-BACKED ORGANISATIONS, IT WAS THE BIGGEST DEMONSTRATION OF ITS KIND IN RECENT TIMES -- AND CAME ONLY FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE SHIV SENA RIOTING ON TIME SAME ISSUE.

    IN THE FEBRUARY RIOTS, FIFTY PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 500 INJURED, WHILE NEARLY 2,000 ARRESTS WERE MADE IN THREE DAYS OF FIGHTING BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE EXTREMIST SHIV SENA MOVEMENT WHICH TAKES A NATIONALISTIC LINE IN SUPPORT OF A FRONTIER CLAIM BY MAHARASHTRA (THE STATE OF WHICH BOMBAY IS THE CAPITAL) AGAINST A NEIGHBOURING MYSORE.

    THE LEADER OF THE SSP, MR S.M. JOSHI, DECLARED EARLIER THAT HIS GROUP AND THEIR BACKERS WOULD LOOK FOR A UNITED SOLUTION TO THE BORDER PROBLEM -- NOT BY DIVIDING THE PEOPLE ON THE ISSUES AS THE SHIV SENA MOVEMENT HAD DONE IN THE PAST.

    YESTERDAY'S MARCH WAS AIMED AT ENDING AT THE CITY HALL ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE'S MONSOON SESSION. MASSIVE SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE BY THE POLICE. AS THE MARCHERS ARRIVED THEY WERE MET BY BARRICADES AND POLICE-CORDONS AND, AFTER SHORT SCUFFLES, MANY OF THEM WERE USHERED INTO POLICE BUSSES AND DRIVEN AWAY.

    THE DEMONSTRATION IS REPORTED TO BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ORGANISED, STATE-WIDE MOVEMENTS PRESSING FOR SETTLEMENT OF THE BORDER ISSUE -- DUE TO INTENSIFY IN DEGREE UNTIL THE CULMINATION "DANDH" THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MAHARASHTRA SOMETIME IN AUGUST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3P2G0XFKN81K1IHVFGIB0KAWJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3P2G0XFKN81K1IHVFGIB0KAWJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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