• Short Summary

    A THREE-DAY-FAST, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN 110 CENTRES THROUGH WEST BENGAL, WAS STARTED ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 1), BY MR.

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    A THREE-DAY-FAST, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN 110 CENTRES THROUGH WEST BENGAL, WAS STARTED ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 1), BY MR. AJOY MUKUERJEE THE CHIEF MINISTER. MR. MUKHERJEE WHO IS ALSO PRESIDENT OF THE BENGAL CONGRESS STARTED THE RELAY HUNGER STRIKE AT THE CURZON PARK CAMP, CALCUTTA.

    IN A CANDY-STRIPED TENT SPECIALLY ERECTED IN A PROMINENT LOCAL PARK, 68-YEAR-OLD MR. MUKHERJEE BEGAN THE STRIKE WHICH IS A PROTEST AGAINST GROWING VIOLENCE IN THE STATE. HE SAID THAT NOT A SINGLE DAY PASSED WHEN RIVAL PARTIES IN WEST BENGAL - RULED BY A UNITED FRONT OF 12 PARTIES LED BY THE MARXIST COMMUNIST PARTY - HAD NOT BEEN INVOLVED IN CLASHES.

    THERE WERE ALSO CASES OF MURDER, LOOTING, ARSON, ASSAULTS ON WOMEN AND FORCIBLE OCCUPATION OF LAND AND PADDY FIELDS BELONGING TO THE COMMON PEOPLE.

    HE IS JOINED BY 30 OTHER BENGALI POLITICIANS, FIVE OF THEM WOMEN; AND ABOUT 42,000 VOLUNTEERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

    MR. MUKHERJEE'S FAST FOLLOWS ALLEGATIONS BY OTHER PARTIES THAT THE MARXIST COMMUNIST PARTY, LED BY THE DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER, MR. JYOTI BASU, IS USING VIOLENCE AS A POLITICAL WEAPON. MR. BASU, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE BENGAL HOME DEPARTMENT, RECENTLY DENIED THAT THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION HAD BROKEN DOWN. HIS PARTY'S NEWSPAPER, PEOPLE'S DEMOCRACY, REPORTED LAST WEEK THAT THERE HAD BEEN 64 POLITICAL MURDERS IN WEST BENGAL SINCE THE UNITED FRONT CAME TO POWER LAST FEBRUARY, AND SAID 32 OF THE VICTIMS WERE ITS OWN MEMBERS.

    VIOLENCE EVEN ACCOMPANIED THE HUNGER-STRIKE, WHEN MR. MUKHERJEE WAS HIT BY A STONE THROWN BY DEMONSTRATORS SOON AFTER HE BEGAN HIS STRIKE. POLICE FORCED THE DEMONSTRATORS OUT OF THE TENT AFTER THEY HAD BROKEN CHAIRS, THROWN STONES AND TORN THE TENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4XO7YU12O4XJQ0Y4W1WTQBMOR
    Media URN:
    VLVA4XO7YU12O4XJQ0Y4W1WTQBMOR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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