INTRODUCTION: Seventy two people were arrested on Thursday (24 September) after rioting in the Bangladesh capital, Dacca.
1. GV police chasing students. 0.06
2. SV & GV Students throwing stones from inside campus. (3 SHOTS). 0.21
3. GV PAN Troops charge down street. 0.29
4. SV Policeman with tear gas equipment. 0.32
5. GV Students being tear gassed. (4 SHOTS) 0.45
6. SV Burning car with fireman trying to dowse flames. (3 SHOTS) 1.01
7. SV PAN Burnt out car with police standing by. (3 SHOTS) 1.17
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Background: DACCA, BANGLADESH
INTRODUCTION: Seventy two people were arrested on Thursday (24 September) after rioting in the Bangladesh capital, Dacca. the rioting by youngsters and students, followed the execution of twelve army officers for their part in a mutiny that led to the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman. The executions went ahead despite an appeal by relatives of the convicted men to the Supreme Court.
SYNOPSIS: The rioting was led by youngsters, many of whom claimed to be Freedom Fighters, those who fought in the ware against Pakistan in 1971. Students at Bangladesh's top university in Dacca joined in and later announced that they were going on strike. They said they would hold twelve days of mourning for the dead officers.
Police arrested seventy two people in the riots. Ten policemen were injured. And the official car of the Minister of Labour, Reazuddin Ahmed, was among vehicles burnt in the trouble.
The police did not hesitate to use tear gas in their attempts to control the crowd.
The rioters seemed prepared to burn anything to make their protest about the execution of the twelve army officers. They were hanged previous day in five jails around the country. Relatives of the condemned had appealed to the Bangladesh Supreme Court to try and get the sentence altered. But the court ruled it had no power to influence the decisions of military courts. Later appeals for clemency were turned down by the country's acting President Justice Abdus Sattar.
Source: ATIQUL ALAM