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    More than 500 members of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's wing of the Opposition Congress Party were arrested on Sunday (16 July) during a massive demonstration outside the residence of Prime Minister Morarji Desai, in New Delhi.

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    More than 500 members of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's wing of the Opposition Congress Party were arrested on Sunday (16 July) during a massive demonstration outside the residence of Prime Minister Morarji Desai, in New Delhi.

    SYNOPSIS: The Congress Party members were arrested for defying an order banning demonstrations outside Prime Minister Desai's home. The demonstrators had gone to Mr. Desai's house to protest against a deterioration of law and order in the country, and against rising prices.

    Police cordoned off the area as thousands of chanting demonstrators gathered in the first real show of force by Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party faction since the recent complaints filed by Police against her excesses during the State of Emergency. Ostensibly a protest against government policy, the demonstration appeared to be a pro-Mrs. Gandhi rally.

    Demonstrators invited arrest and entered police vans willingly as they shouted slogans against the Shah Commission which accused Mrs. Gandhi of illegal acts and excesses during the emergency period between 1975 and 1977. Slogans were also shouted threatening mass action if the former Prime Minister was arrested. Meanwhile Mr. Desai met a delegation of demonstrators and told them action was being taken to tighten law and order in New Delhi and to reduce food prices. Demonstrators' demands also included government action to abolish the marriage dowry system and to confer land ownership rights on people who had moved to Delhi's resettlement areas. Mr. Desai said the question of land ownership would be examined and added that the government was prepared to give all possible help in eradicating what he called "the evil dowry system".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5ERM0C4Y4KJ5WDZGC8DVYOZZY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ERM0C4Y4KJ5WDZGC8DVYOZZY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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