The facilities of Salt Lake refugee camp, near Calcutta, are being sorely stretched following the transfer of 40,000 refugees from the Dum Dum Sahara camp near Calcutta airport, bringing the total of Salt Lake to 140,000.
The facilities of Salt Lake refugee camp, near Calcutta, are being sorely stretched following the transfer of 40,000 refugees from the Dum Dum Sahara camp near Calcutta airport, bringing the total of Salt Lake to 140,000. Various foreign airlines complained about the potential danger of heaving 40,000 people camped near the runways.
And added to this new problem for the authorities dealing with the East Pakistan refugees is the mounting indignation amongst students in Calcutta at the continued delivery of arms from the United States to Pakistan. On Thursday (1 July), 1,000 students marched against the US embassy, but were prevented from reaching it by police.
The Deputy Secretary of the US State Department has told the Senate that America would not withhold military or economic aid from Pakistan for fear of losing "leverage" with President Yahya Khan.
SYNOPSIS: Salt Lake refugee camp, near calcutta - the 100,000 refugees from East Pakistan who are staying here saw their number swollen by another 40,000 earlier this week when the entire population of another camp, Dum Dum Sahara near Calcutta airport was transferred here. Various foreign airlines complained at the safety risk of 40,000 people camped near the runways of the airport. Now the facilities of Slat Lake camp are stretched even more.
The refugees have been living in these concrete pipes for weeks, but with the onset of the monsoon in Calcutta, the shelter they provide is no longer enough. Hessian, a tough coarse cloth, is used to cover the pipes.
The refugees transferred from Dum Dum have been told that this camp another temporary arrangement. They must stay here until alternative accommodation has been found.
In Calcutta, the authorities have new problem to deal with. 1,000 students marched on Thursday against the united States Consulate. There has been mounting indignation amongst leftist students and supporters of Bangladesh at America's continued deliveries of arms to Pakistan. Police outside the Consulate prevented the students form reaching it, but from a distance of 100 yards they chanted anti-American slogans.
The Americans are continuing their arms deliveries to Pakistan in order to retain some "leverage" with General Yahya Khan's regime, according to the Deputy Secretary of the US state department. He told the America senate that American would withhold neither economic more military and. The students have called for a general strike in West Bengal schools and colleges for Friday, the second of July.