• Short Summary

    More than 125 doctors, professors, writers and teachers -- the cream of the intellectuals who could have helped create the new state of Bangladesh -- were found murdered in a field outside Dacca on Saturday ( December 18)
    All had their hands tied behind their backs, and had been bayonetted, garrotted or shot.

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    More than 125 doctors, professors, writers and teachers -- the cream of the intellectuals who could have helped create the new state of Bangladesh -- were found murdered in a field outside Dacca on Saturday ( December 18)
    All had their hands tied behind their backs, and had been bayonetted, garrotted or shot.

    SYNOPSIS: In a field outside Dacca on Saturday, reports of atrocities were finally confirmed when more than 125 bodies were discovered. Doctors, professors writer and teachers -- the cream of the intellectuals who could have helped create the new state of Bangladesh -- were found murdered. All had their hands tied behind their backs, and had been bayonetted, garrotted or shot. All were badly decomposed.

    The bodies were discovered only yards (metres) from a strong point being held by pro-Pakistani irregulars -- called Razakars. Two of them, captured by Mukti Bahini guerrillas, admitted killing some of the intellectuals and were themselves beaten to death. The intellectuals were believed to have been executed four days earlier. Most had been arrested shortly before the Pakistani surrender. They had been leading opponents of what was then President Yahya Khan's regime.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8AYGQA8SX0DANNMQSOPPZS240
    Media URN:
    VLVA8AYGQA8SX0DANNMQSOPPZS240
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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