• Short Summary

    ARMED POLICE AND HOME GUARD ARE PATROLLING THE CROWDED SLUM AREAS OF THE SOUTH INDIAN CITY OF MADRAS, FOLLOWING AN OUTBREAK OF ARSON DURING WHICH 44 FIRES -- FOURTEEN OF THEM MAJOR OUTBREAKS -- HAVE SWEPT THROUGHOUT THE POOR QUARTER.

  • Description

    ARMED POLICE AND HOME GUARD ARE PATROLLING THE CROWDED SLUM AREAS OF THE SOUTH INDIAN CITY OF MADRAS, FOLLOWING AN OUTBREAK OF ARSON DURING WHICH 44 FIRES -- FOURTEEN OF THEM MAJOR OUTBREAKS -- HAVE SWEPT THROUGHOUT THE POOR QUARTER. THE FIRES HAVE LEFT THOUSANDS HOMELESS BUT HUNDREDS OF OTHER FAMILIES IN THE AREA HAVE LEFT THEIR HOMES AND LIVE IN THE OPEN FOR FEAR OF FURTHER FIRES.

    DESPITE POLICE GUARDS THROUGHOUT THE SLUM QUARTER, FIFTEEN FIRES BROKE OUT DURING ONE DAY (THURSDAY) LEAVING THREE THOUSAND HOMELESS AND SIX HUNDRED SLUM HUTS DESTROYED.

    THREE PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND SEVERAL HAVE BEEN INJURED IN THE FIRES. OFFICIALS ESTIMATES OF THE HOMELESS ARE NOW PUT AT TEN THOUSAND.

    ALTHOUGH POLICE SUSPECT ARSON, POLITICAL LEADERS OF THE MADRAS STATE AUTHORITY REFUSED DEMANDS FOR A FULL-SCALE INQUIRY. IT IS SUSPECTED THAT THERE IS SOME POLITICAL MOTIVE BEHIND THE FIRES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5M6EPTPCXQU9UH1O2R38QK19R
    Media URN:
    VLVA5M6EPTPCXQU9UH1O2R38QK19R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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