A contingent of 28 men of the Indian Army - military policemen and administrative personnel - left Palam Airport, New Delhi, Aug 17, to supplement the U.
A contingent of 28 men of the Indian Army - military policemen and administrative personnel - left Palam Airport, New Delhi, Aug 17, to supplement the U.N. Force in the Congo. They will join Indian Air Force and Army personnel already there. Looking cheerful, the new group waved to wellwishers before taking off.
Congo-UN tension increased Aug 19 with a renewed fracas at Leopoldville Airport men Congolese soldiers with unsheathed bayonets molested five Canadian personnel of the U.N. Force, knocking one of them unconscious. An Indian crew of a U.N. aircraft was also menaced with the bayonets of the African troops until the arrival of strong U.N. reinforcements of Sudanese and Ghanaian soldiers with orders to shoot if attacked.
By Aug 18 some 1200 U.N. troops were on duty at the airport, as Mr. Hammarskjoeld warned the U.N. Security Council that if conditions did not improve in the Congo further activities by the U.N. Force there might become impossible. News of the airport fracas reached Mr. Hammarskjoeld from his military adviser in the Congo, Indian General Rikhye.