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.
LV PAN..down train up steam at Bongoan station
SCU Indian army soldiers leaning out of train windows whilst others guard from platform (2 shots)
LV PAN & CU Refugees waiting in railway yards (3 shots)
LC & SV Refugees watch train drawing out (4 shots)
TV from train (3 shots)
TS past people waving
TS crossing over bridge
TS past Mukti Bahini men controlling crowds at Jessore station
LV Train pulling into station
CU Sign Jessore junction
LV Soldiers off train
LV & CU Lt. General Aurora surrounded by crowd as he stands on table on platform (2 shots)
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Background: 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.