• Short Summary

    BEFORE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN THE SIKHS WHO HAD THREATENED TO BURN THEMSELVES ALIVE AND THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT, TENSION HAD BUILT UP IN AMRITSAR.

  • Description

    BEFORE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN THE SIKHS WHO HAD THREATENED TO BURN THEMSELVES ALIVE AND THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT, TENSION HAD BUILT UP IN AMRITSAR. EIGHT SIKHS HAD PLANNED TO BURN THEMSELVES ALIVE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO TRY TO FORCE THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THE TOWN OF CHANDIGARH TO THE NEW SIKH-DOMINATED PUNJAB STATE. AT PRESENT CHANDIGARH IS THE JOINT CAPITAL OF PUNJAB AND THE HINDU STATE OF HARIANA. SIKHS ALSO ATTEMPTED TO DEMONSTRATE IN DELHI AS THE TIME FOR SELF-IMMOLATION DREW NEAR, BUT POLICE QUICKLY ARRESTED THE LEADERS.

    A 48 HOUR CURFEW WAS CLAMPED ON AMRITSAR AS THE DEADLINE APPROACHED. EIGHT SIKHS HAD PLANNED TO BURN THEMSELVES YESTERDAY, AND THEIR LEADER SANT (SAINT) FATEH SINGH, WOULD HAVE DONE SO TODAY. HOWEVER THE HOUSE SPEAKER OF THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT, HAKUM SINGH, FLEW TO AMRITSAR YESTERDAY AND AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN THE SIKHS AND THE GOVERNMENT. NOW MRS INDIRA GANDHI, THE PRIME MINISTER, WILL PERSONALLY ARBITRATE IN THE DISPUTE.

    THE FEELING IN AMRITSAR WAS REFLECTED IN DELHI AS THE DRASTIC PROTEST APPROACHED. SIKHS PLANNED TO DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE, BUT THEIR ATTEMPT WAS SWIFTLY FOILED BY POLICE WHO TOOK 32 PEOPLE INTO CUSTODY.

    (TWO HINDU LEADERS ARE FASTING. THE ARE DEMANDING A HALT TO THE SLAUGHTER OF COWS, SACRED TO THE HINDU.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MDYOG8LP5M05I55OV9ORB73G
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MDYOG8LP5M05I55OV9ORB73G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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