• Short Summary

    The rail link between India and East Pakistan was reopened for the first time since March on Wednesday (29 December) when a train carrying Lieutenant-General Aurora, the officer in command of the Indian forces in East Pakistan, travelled from Bongoan in West Bengal to Jessore.

  • Description

    The rail link between India and East Pakistan was reopened for the first time since March on Wednesday (29 December) when a train carrying Lieutenant-General Aurora, the officer in command of the Indian forces in East Pakistan, travelled from Bongoan in West Bengal to Jessore.

    Several newsmen, including Visnews cameraman Durgadas Chatterji. accompanied the train.

    SYNOPSIS: The first train from Indian territory into East Pakistan since the declaration of martial law in March last year, left the West Bengali town of Bongoan on Wednesday bound for Jessore.

    Refugees due to be transported back into East Pakistan sat by the tracks waiting for the next trains.

    Little of the surrounding countryside showed signs of the recent fighting in the area. Small groups of people occasionally turned out to wave at the train -- shouting slogans against the Pakistani Government and calling for the release of Sheikh Mujib Rahman.

    When the train finally arrived at Jessore, Mukti Bahini militia men stood guard along the platform to keep the crowds back. The train was greeted by hundreds of townspeople and local Government officials.

    Among the Indian soldiers on the train was the Commander for the Eastern front, Lieutenant-General Aurora. He was surrounded by the crowd when he stepped onto the platform.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2TKAIG33HVT5Z6ISMTFG0OZM
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2TKAIG33HVT5Z6ISMTFG0OZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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