• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 350 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE WEST INDIAN TEXTILE CITY OF AHMEDABAD IN FOUR DAYS OF THE WORST HINDU-MOSLEM RIOTING SINCE THE PARTITION OF INDIA 22 YEARS AGO.

  • Description


    DEBRIS; TROOPS GUARDING STREETS; TROOPS PATROLLING IN JEEPS; PEOPLE IN DEBRIS; INJURED BOY WATCHING; FAMILY PUSHING CART WITH THEIR BELONGINGS ALONG ROAD.




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    Background: MORE THAN 350 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE WEST INDIAN TEXTILE CITY OF AHMEDABAD IN FOUR DAYS OF THE WORST HINDU-MOSLEM RIOTING SINCE THE PARTITION OF INDIA 22 YEARS AGO.

    THE TROUBLE BEGAN LAST FRIDAY (19 SEPT.) AFTER A MOSLEM RELIGIOUS PROCESSION WAS HELD UP BY ABOUT 200 SACRED COWS BEING DRIVEN BY SADHUS FROM A HINDU TEMPLE. THE ANIMALS RAN AMOK INJURING SEVERAL PEOPLE AND FIGHTING BROKE OUT. THE TEMPLE WAS STONED AND SEVERAL PEOPLE INSIDE WERE INJURED.

    UNOFFICIAL ESTIMATES PUT THE NUMBER OF INJURED AT ABOUT 700 WITH HUNDREDS MORE HOMELESS. MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.

    LAST NIGHT THE ARMY TOOK OVER THE CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE CITY AS VIOLENCE CONTINUED THOUGH ON REDUCED SCALE. POLICE WERE UNDER ORDERS TO SHOOT RIOTERS ON SIGHT AND THE FIRE BRIGADE REPORTED 35 CASES OF ARSON.

    SHOPS AND BUSINESSES REMAINED CLOSED AND CITY TRANSPORT WAS OFF THE STREETS. MANY PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES CARRYING ALL THEIR BELONGINGS IN LORRIES OR CARTS.

    IRONICALLY THE RIOTS OCCURRED IN THE CAPITAL OF THE HOME STATE OF MAHATMA GANDHI. APOSTLE OF NON-VIOLENCE AND COMMUNAL HARMONY, WHOSE BIRTH CENTENARY FALLS NEXT WEEK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4AKI6OPRA5HT6ER0AOVRSIDHT
    Media URN:
    VLVA4AKI6OPRA5HT6ER0AOVRSIDHT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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