The return of holiday-markers to popular spots along the Bay of Bengal is in an indication of a gradual return to normal in war-tour east Pakistan.
LV Beach beside Bay of Bengal (2 shots)
MV PAN Indian troops
MVs and GVs several people looking at Pakistani artillery (4 shots)
GV & MV PAN wrecked Pakistani naval establishment with artillery in background (2 shots)
MV Indian troops standing on rubble
GV Rubble with Pakistani artillery piece in background
SV Indian troops on beach
MV & GV Local families on beach and beside artillery piece (2 shots)
GV & LV Sailboat in bay (2 shots)
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Background: The return of holiday-markers to popular spots along the Bay of Bengal is in an indication of a gradual return to normal in war-tour east Pakistan.
And for tourists visiting a picnic spot at Patanga, 10 miles (16 kms) from Chittagong, there's a new attraction.
Beside the beach, visitors can examine what's left of a Pakistani Naval base -- and a Pakistani shore battery.
The Pakistani positions were destroyed early in the war, when planes form the Indian aircraft carrier, Vikrant, began their attack on Chittagong.
SYNOPSIS: The beach at Patanga is a popular picnic spot for residents of the industrial city of Chittagong, ten miles away.
Since the war in East Pakistan -- the beach has also been a haven for the occupying Indian troops. But both they, and the regular holiday-makers, have something more than sea and sand to look at. Beside the beach is what's left of a Pakistani naval base -- and shore battery.
The base was an early casualty in the war. Aircraft from the Indian carrier, Vikrant, swooped on it on the first day of their attacks in the Chittagong area. Now -- apart form one gun emplacement -- there's little to see but a pile of rubble.
Many group of Indian soldiers have called at the site -- but increasingly it's being visited by families from Chittagong, out on picnics. It may be many months before the beach attracts the visitors it once did -- but in the meantime the debris of war has become the new attraction.