• Short Summary

    FROM INDIA'S BORDER WITH EAST PAKISTAN COMES THIS COVERAGE OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE CONTINUING FIGHTING.

  • Description

    FROM INDIA'S BORDER WITH EAST PAKISTAN COMES THIS COVERAGE OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE CONTINUING FIGHTING. THE DISTRICT AROUND COMILLA, EAST PAKISTAN HAS BEEN THE SCENE OF THE FIERCEST OFFENSIVES. REPORTS TODAY (THURSDAY) SUGGESTED THAT TWO BRIGADES OF INDIAN TROOPS ARE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHTING.

    WHEN VISNEWS CAMERAMEN PREM PRAKASH VISITED THE AREA ON TUESDAY, HE FILMED A MUKTI BAHINI ARTILLERY UNIT IN ACTION. MEN OR THE MUJIB BATTERY CLAIMED THAT ALL THEIR GUNS AND AMMUNITION HAS BEEN CAPTURED FROM THE PAKISTAN ARMY.

    THE SECOND VIEW OF THE BORDER SITUATION COMES FROM CAMERAMAN DURGADAS CHATTERJI. HE WAS AMONG A PARTY OF NEWSMEN ALLOWED TO VISIT INDIAN ARMY POSITIONS AT PETRAPOLE. THIS BORDER TOWN WAS ONE OF THE CHIEF CROSSING POINTS FOR EAST PAKISTAN REFUGEES EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THE SCENE OF WILD JUBILATION WHEN THE BANGLA DESH MOVEMENT WAS INTRODUCED SEVEN MONTHS AGO. ON THE INDIAN SIDE, A NETWORK OF TRENCHES STRETCHES ALMOST TO THE BORDER ITSELF.

    SYNOPSIS: SIX MONTHS AGO, THE INDIAN-EAST PAKISTAN BORDER AT PETRAPOLE WAS WIDE OPEN. IT WAS ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL CROSSING POINTS FOR THE MILLIONS OF EAST PAKISTAN REFUGEES FLEEING TO INDIA TODAY, NOTHING CROSSES THE FRONTIER WHILE FIGHTING ENGULFS OTHER AREAS OF THE BORDER, AT PETRAPOLE TWO ARMIES DIG IN, CONFRONTING EACH OTHER WITH THEIR MACHINE GUN NESTS AND ARTILLERY. ON THIS SIDE, IT'S THE INDIAN ARMY.

    FORWARD PAKISTANI POSITIONS ARE A HERE EIGHTY YARDS AWAY, SAY THE INDIANS, HIDDEN IN THE UNDERGROWTH--UNLIKE THE ADVANCED INDIAN PEOPLE POSTS WHICH ARE FIELDS. BUT NEWSMEN WHO VISITED THE AREA EARLIER THIS WEEK SAW NO SIGNS OF THE PAKISTANI TROOPS. SOME WERE CONVINCED THAT THE PAKISTANIS HAD PULLED BACK. AND JUST TO CONFUSE THE ISSUE, A BANGLA DESH FLAG WAS SPOTTED FLYING AT ONE POINT ACROSS THE BORDER. THE VISIT SIMPLY CONVINCED MANY NEWSMEN HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO VERIFY MANY OF THE REPORTS OF BORDER FIGHTING
    TWO MILES FROM THE BORDER, THE INDIAN LET NEWSMEN EXAMINE THEIR ARTILLERY EMPLACEMENTS. THE GUNS ARE MOSTLY BRITISH-MADE TWENTY-FIVE-POUNDERS. THERE'S BEEN NO SHELLING IN THE AREA FOR ABOUT TEN DAYS, SAY THE INDIANS.

    BUT ACROSS THE BORDER, AROUND THE EAST PAKISTAN TOWN OF COMILLA, THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF SOME OF THE FIERCEST FIGHTING. THESE GUNS ARE OPERATED BY THE MUKTI BAHINI--THE BANGLA DESH LIBERATION FORCE. THEY SAY THE SUNS AND AMMUNITION WERE CAPTURED FROM THE PAKISTAN ARMY. LATEST NEWS FROM THIS AREA SUGGESTS THAT TWO BRIGADES OF INDIAN TROOPS ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN THE FIGHTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7XEYOVQJRZIR7P3LO325XYLB8
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XEYOVQJRZIR7P3LO325XYLB8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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