Film has just reached us of guerrilla activity in, and refugees returning to areas on the eastern side of East Pakistan.
Film has just reached us of guerrilla activity in, and refugees returning to areas on the eastern side of East Pakistan. The film, shot by Visnews cameraman Prem Prakash, was flown to Rome, and recorded in London by Visnews via Eurovision.
The film shows action in two areas -- the guerrillas are seen firing mortars in tea plantations near Sylhet, an Important district capital which fell to Indian army troops on december 7th.
The refugees are seen Returning to their homes in an area further south, in the "Bel??? a bulge" between Comilla and Chittagong.
SYNOPSIS: As Indian army troops pushed into East Pakistan and struck at major military objectives, the East Bengali guerrilla forces -- the Mukti Bahini -- have also played their part in the advance into the East Pakistan countryside. A few days ago, when this film was shot, they were active in the tea plantation country around the district capital of Sylhet, combing the area for pockets of resistance.
The Mukti Bahini were armed with mortars as well as rifles, and had enough ammunition to bombard the town of Sylhet before it fell into the hands of regular Indian Army troops. Though some of the guerilla groups are commanded by experienced man, their effect on the outcome of the fighting is small by comparison with the Indian armoured forces. But they play their part in protecting the Indian supply lines as the fighting goes on.
Meanwhile, further to the south, refugees from East Pakistan who crossed into India in the past troubled months have begun to make their way home again. This group of ten families -- some 75 men, women and children, were on their way back to Munshirhat.
And at Fulgazi, another town in the Belonia bulge which saw fighting during the early days of border shellings, life has revived and the shops are open again. A semblance of normality is beginning to return.