The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gahdhi, was given an enthusiastic welcome by supporters at?
The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gahdhi, was given an enthusiastic welcome by supporters at New Delhi airport yesterday (Thursday) when she returned from her summit talks at Simla with President Bhutto of Pakistan. A large crowd of official and members of Mrs. Gandhi's ruling Congress Party cheered and chanted as she stopped from an Indian Air Force plane.
Outside the airport, however, riot police used batons and tear gas to break up a demonstration by members of the opposition Jan Sangh party who were pretesting against the Simla agreement.
The trouble began when the Jan Sangh supporters were not allowed inside the airport, and stone throwing began. The police made arrests.
Soon after her arrival, Mrs. Gandhi was driven to the Congress building in New Delhi to report to minsters on the terms of the Simla agreement.
In the draft document signed last week, India and Pakistan renounced the use of force in setting their disputes and pledged to work for peace on the Indian sub-continent.
The agreement has to be ratified by both countries.
SYNOPSIS: A cheering crowd of supporters greeted the Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi, when she flew back to New Delhi, when she flew back to New Delhi after meeting President Bhutto of Pakistan at the Simla summit this week.
Mrs. Gandhi returned with a draft agreement under which India and Pakistan renounce the use of force in settling their differences and undertake to work for peace.
The large crowd of Congress party supporters kept up an enthusiastic chant as Mrs. Gandhi met party officials and was garlanded with flowers.
Just outside the airport, the chants and slogans were hostile. They came from supporters of the Hindu nationalist Jan Sangh party which regards the Simla agreement as a sell-out. When the demonstrators tried to enter the airport, riot police moved in with batons and tear gas to make arrests.
Soon after her arrival, Mrs. Gandhi went to the Congress building in New Delhi to report to ministers on the details of the agreement she negotiated with president Bhutto. Their approval is needed if the accord with Pakistan--which involves acceptance of the ceasefire line in Kashmir--is to be ratified.