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    INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, TOLD THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT?

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    INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, TOLD THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD USE "ALL THE MEASURES AT ITS COMMAND" TO QUELL THE PUNJAB VIOLENCE. A WEEK OF RIOTING HAS CLAIMED AT LEAST TEN LIVES AND 130 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INJURED. THE TROUBLE STEMS FROM HINDU PROTESTS OPPOSING THE RULING CONGRESS PARTY'S DECISION TO GRANT SIKHS A PUNJABI-SPEAKING STATE OF THEIR OWN. THE PUNJAB IS ALREADY DIVIDED INTO HINDI AND PUNJAB SPEAKING REGIONS BUT THE SIKHS CLAIM THEY ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.

    VIOLENCE FLARED UP IN THE NORTHERN PUNJAB ON WEDNESDAY IN THE CITY OF JULLUNDER. TWO TEENAGERS WERE KILLED AND EIGHT PEOPLE INJURED WHEN INDIAN POLICE OPENED FIRE ON THE DEMONSTRATORS. A NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS AMONG THOSE WOUNDED. HE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN A SERIOUS CONDITION.

    A 48-HOUR CURFEW WAS CLAMPED ON THE CITY FOLLOWING THE DEMONSTRATIONS. AND WHEN OUR CAMERAMAN VISITED THE CITY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) HE FOUND THE STREETS DESERTED EXCEPT FOR HEAVILY ARMED INDIAN POLICE.

    IT WAS NOT HARD TO SEE THE VIOLENCE OF THE RIOTS. A POST OFFICE, THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, THE RAILWAY STATION, A BUS AND TIMBER YARD HAD ALL FELT THE ANGER OF THE MOB DEMONSTRATIONS.

    THE VICTIMS OF THE SHOOTING WERE CREMATED YESTERDAY WITH FULL HINDU RITES. IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THERE WAS ANY GATHERING OF PEOPLE AND THE MOMENT THE FUNERAL WAS OVER THEY WENT BACK TO THEIR HOMES.

    SIMILAR SCENES CAN BE SEEN IN SEVERAL OTHER PUNJAB CITIES AS THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN SPITE OF APPEALS FOR CALM BY LEADERS. SEVERAL LEADING HINDU PEOPLE HAVE FASTED FOR PEACE AND FOR A REVERSAL OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION. ONE MAN, THE SECRETARY OF HINDU NATIONALIST JAN SANGH PARTY, BEGAN HIS FAST NINE DAYS AGO. THE MAN, MR. YAGYA DUTT SHARMA, WAS PROMISED TO FAST UNTO DEATH AND HE IS NOW REPORTED TO BE SERIOUSLY ILL WITH JAUNDICE AND KIDNEY TROUBLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3S7EG4OA0SRQMDTL6D7NDZMBT
    Media URN:
    VLVA3S7EG4OA0SRQMDTL6D7NDZMBT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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