Bengali guerrilla fighter "Tiger" Siddiqui and his private army -- which fought a nine-month terrorist action against Pakistani Government troops before Bangladesh gained its independence -- laid down their arms before Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Monday (January 24).
GV Weapons stacked in front of army barracks
GV Rifles on racks
GV Heavy mortar & rifles
SV PAN rifles
SV ZOOM IN TO CU mortar being demonstrated
SV Khader Siddiqui (long hair and hat on right of screen) arriving with Sheikh Mujib (centre of group)
SV Sheikh Mujib onto rostrum followed by Siddiqui
SV Khader Bahini with weapons laid on ground
CU PAN soldier carrying weapon approaches rostrum
CU Siddiqui accepting weapon
SV Soldier marches off leaving Siddiqui with weapon which he presents to Sheikh Mujib
SV Weapons lying on ground TILT TO Khader Bahini at attention
SV & CU's Sheikh Mujib and Siddiqui walk through camp among surrendered weapons (5 shots)
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Background: Bengali guerrilla fighter "Tiger" Siddiqui and his private army -- which fought a nine-month terrorist action against Pakistani Government troops before Bangladesh gained its independence -- laid down their arms before Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Monday (January 24). In a ceremony at his headquarters in Tangail, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Dacca, the Bangladesh capital, Siddiqui Knelt down in front of Sheikh Mujib and symbolically offered him a weapon. Watching were some of his estimated 10,000 "troops", and racked in neat piles in the grounds of the makeshift camp were the thousands of rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, mortars and field guns handed over to the authorities in response to a plea from the Sheikh for guerrilla fighters to hand in their arms. It was the first big public response to this plea.
SYNOPSIS: Sheikh Mujib himself arrived at the camp for the hand-over ceremony in his first trip outside Dacca since taking power. With him, on the right, still in the flowing hair he vowed he would not cut until Bangladesh became independent, was the now legendary 26-year-old "Tiger" Siddiqui -- who led his private guerrilla army against Pakistani Government troops for nine months. Also in the makeshift camp, some of his estimated ten thousand fighters -- called "Khader" Bahini after Siddiqui's own first name. In an emotion-filled ceremony during which tears ran down the faces of Sheikh Mujib and "Tiger" Siddiqui, the young guerrilla leader symbolically proffered a weapon to the only man, he said, who would ever disarm him and his followers.