• Short Summary

    A WEEK OF CLASHES BETWEEN PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST SHORTAGES OF FOOD AND POLICE ATTEMPTING TO KEEP ORDER IN THE INDIAN STATE OF WEST BENGAL, WAS CLIMAXED ON SATURDAY WHEN TWO PEOPLE DIED AND MORE THAN FORTY WERE INJURED.

  • Description

    A WEEK OF CLASHES BETWEEN PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST SHORTAGES OF FOOD AND POLICE ATTEMPTING TO KEEP ORDER IN THE INDIAN STATE OF WEST BENGAL, WAS CLIMAXED ON SATURDAY WHEN TWO PEOPLE DIED AND MORE THAN FORTY WERE INJURED. THE CROWD TRIED TO SET FIRE TO A POLICE STATION AND A POST OFFICE IN NABADWIP, 100 MILES, (160 KMS) NORTH OF CALCUTTA.

    A DUSK-TO-DAWN CURFEW WAS IMPOSED AFTER THE RIOTS WERE SPARKED OFF WHEN CROWDS WENT RAMPAGING THROUGH THE TOWN SEARCHING FOR FOOD. WEST BENGAL, LIKE MANY OTHER PARTS OF INDIA, IS SUFFERING FROM ACUTE FOOD SHORTAGE FOLLOWING TWO DISASTROUS HARVESTS.

    AT THE RIOT REACHED THEIR PEAK AT THE WEEKEND, WEST BENGAL'S CHIEF MINISTER, AJOY MUNKERJEE MADE A DRAMATIC TELEPHONE CALL TO PRIME MINISTER MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, PLEADING FOR AN INCREASE IN THE FOOD SUPPLIES ALLOTTED TO THE STATE.

    THROUGHOUT WEST BENGAL TRAIN SERVICES HAVE BEEN DISRUPTED BY THOUSANDS OF HUNGRY PEASANTS DEMONSTRATING BY SITTING ON THE RAILWAY TRACKS. CLASHES WITH POLICE TOOK PLACE WHEN DEMONSTRATORS ATTACKED GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.

    THE HEIGHT OF THE RIOTS IN NABACWIP, CROWDS ATTACKED THE POST OFFICES AFTER TRYING TO BURN A GOVERNMENT TRAINING CENTRE IN THE TOWN. HUNDREDS OF OTHERS BATTLED WITH POLICE AFTER USING TELEGRAPH POLES AND DEBRIS TO ERECT BARRICADES IN THE STREETS, WHILE MORE CROWDS BESIEGED THE POLICE STATION WAVING STEEL-TIPPED BAMBOO STAVES.

    AMONG THE INJURED WERE TWELVE POLICEMEN. REINFORCEMENTS WERE RUSHED TO THE TOWN WHEN THE CURFEW WAS IMPOSED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA4WGSW5EQGZGVASO2UAYRW0JV
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4WGSW5EQGZGVASO2UAYRW0JV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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