• Short Summary

    THE DEATH TOOL IN THE RIOTS ACCOMPANYING THE 24-HOUR GOVERNMENT
    WORKERS' STRIKE IN INDIA ROSE TO EIGHT TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH THE COUNT POSSIBLY REACHING 10 AS UNCONFIRMED REPORTS OF FURTHER DEATHS REACH NEW DELHI.

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    THE DEATH TOOL IN THE RIOTS ACCOMPANYING THE 24-HOUR GOVERNMENT
    WORKERS' STRIKE IN INDIA ROSE TO EIGHT TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH THE COUNT POSSIBLY REACHING 10 AS UNCONFIRMED REPORTS OF FURTHER DEATHS REACH NEW DELHI. AT LEAST ONE MAN DIED AFTER FALLING OFF A FIVE-STOREY GOVERNMENT BUILDING IN NEW DELHI AS POLICE FIRED TEARGAS SHELLS TO DISPERSE RIOTERS PELTING THEM WITH STONES.

    THE STRIKE, WHICH ENDED EARLY TODAY, HAD BEEN PROHIBITED UNDER AN "ESSENTIAL SERVICE" ORDNANCE, AND POLICE USED GUNS AS WELL AS TEARGAS AND RIOT-STICKS AGAINST THE RIOTERS. AT LEAST 4,000 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED THROUGHOUT INDIA FOR STRIKING OR INCITING OTHERS TO DO SO, AND HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN INJURED. THE STRIKERS ARE DEMANDING A NEED-BASED MINIMUM WAGE, A RESTRICTION ON PRICE RISES, AND JOB SECURITY.

    IN NEW DELHI, POLICE WIELDING BATONS CLASHED WITH A LARGE CROWD OF CIVIL SERVICE CLERKS INSIDE A GOVERNMENT OFFICE AFTER FIRING TEARGAS SHELLS TO DISPERSE 200 DEMONSTRATORS HURLING STONES FROM THE ROOF. AT LEAST ONE MAN DIED AND 300 WERE INJURED, 50 OF THEM SERIOUSLY, IN THE FRACAS. AT PATHANKOT, IN THE PUNJAB, THREE PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN POLICE OPENED FIRE ON A CROWD TRYING TO PREVENT TRAINS LEAVING A RAILWAY SHED.

    THERE WERE ALSO CLASHES BETWEEN RIOTERS AND POLICE AT JAGADHRI IN THE PUBJAB. ONE DEMONSTRATOR WAS CRUSHED TO DEATH UNDER A TRAIN WHEN HE LAY ACROSS THE TRACK IN AN ATTEMPT TO FORCE IT TO STOP. IN ALL SOME 2,000,000 PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED IN THE STRIKE. HOWEVER, APART FROM DISRUPTION OF POSTAL SERVICES AND BUSINESS IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LIFE I MOST PARTS OF INDIA WAS NEAR-NORMAL, WITH ESSENTIAL SERVICES MAINTAINED.

    IT'S REPORTED THAT MOST GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES APPEARED TO HAVE YIELDED TO GOVERNMENT THREATS OF FINES AND IMPRISONMENT, AND CALLS BY UNIONS SUPPORTING THE GOVERNING CONGRESS PARTY TO STAY AT WORK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5MWSNHD7JK46Y6S0OS6TVKRKY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5MWSNHD7JK46Y6S0OS6TVKRKY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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