An official film supplied by the Department of Films and Publications in Karachi has shown that the town of Chittagong in East Pakistan to be apparently back to normal.
TS Chittagong town
MLS Street scenes (2 shots)
LS PAN Buildings under construction.
LS Bank of China
LS National and Grindlays Bank
Travel shot through street.
MCS Stock of captured weapons.
MCS PAN OF Sten guns, rifles.
CU Checzech machine gun.
CU Water-cooled machine gun.
CU Box marked "Bombay" opens to reveal boxes of ammunition.
CS Morters and 303 bullets.
CU Two-inch morters and mills bombs PAN UP TO collection of rifles.
CS More bombs.
Initials CO.15.33 TA/BHH/CO.16.20
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Background: An official film supplied by the Department of Films and Publications in Karachi has shown that the town of Chittagong in East Pakistan to be apparently back to normal.
The film also shows arms, claimed to be of Indian origin, which were apparently captured during earlier fighting with supporters of the Bangla Desh movement. The arms cache includes machine guns, ammunition and several bombs and grenades. One of the ammunition boxes is marked "Bombay."
SYNOPSIS: This official film, supplied by a Pakistani Government office in Karachi, shows that East Pakistan town of Chittagong now apparently back to normal. All shops appear to be open for business in the town and there seems to be no evidence of the fierce fighting reported in the town during the climax of the civil war. building work on these construction sites seemingly proceeds as normal.
The film claims that foreign banks in the town are carrying on their business normally. Chittagong, the main port of East Pakistan, handles most of the incoming food for the country. The people of East Pakistan were badly affected during its closure in the civil war.
These captured arms, filmed by the Pakistan Government cameraman in the town of Rangamati, were reported to be of Indian origin. According to the film, they were captured from Bangla Desh supporters during the fighting around the town.
This water-cooledmachine gun, along with the other arms, was said to be sent into East Pakistan from India. A box of ammunition was, however, the only visible proof of the film's claim.
Among the cache were rounds of morter and 303 calibre ammunition. The official film comes out of East Pakistan at a time when diplomatic relations between the Government and India are moving towards a compromise.