A vast crowd of Sikhs - estimated at 15,000 - demonstrated in Old Delhi, June 12, for the formation of a separate Sikh State within the Indian Union in Punjab.
GV Sikhs in front of the Gurdwara.
LV Ditto and procession with placards.
CU Placards carried by Sikhs.
SV Police across road.
LV Procession of Demonstrators.
LV ditto nearing police across road.
Nearer view. Skirmish around police.
SV ditto and police charging with canes.
LV Tear Gas exploding among demonstrators.
TV Demonstrators in street.
SCU Police carry demonstrator away.
SV Sikhs with placards walk to police.
SV Pan Sikhs offer themselves to police for arrest.
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Background: A vast crowd of Sikhs - estimated at 15,000 - demonstrated in Old Delhi, June 12, for the formation of a separate Sikh State within the Indian Union in Punjab. Following repeated warnings by the police that the demonstration was illegal, the Sikhs attempted to break through. After several charges by police wielding lathis -heavy iron-tipped staves - tear-gas shells effectively dispersed the mob.
Some 783 arrests were made during the day and about 100 people were injured. Among these were 80 policemen who were hit by stones or manhandled by demonstrators.
It was feared that further violent episodes may occur as secret meetings were being held that night, in Sikh temples, to consider the next move to be made in their agitation for the formation of a Punjabi State.
Throughout India, about 2,000 Sikh leaders have been arrested since the movement for the formation of a Punjabi State became active a few weeks ago. These include Mr. Tara Singh, President of the movement.