• Short Summary

    VISNEWS CAMERAMAN REPORTS FROM INDIA'S NORTH-EAST FRONTIER AREA:
    ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 21, THE LITTLE TOWN OF TEZPUR PRESENTED A TRAGIC SPECTACLE.

  • Description

    VISNEWS CAMERAMAN REPORTS FROM INDIA'S NORTH-EAST FRONTIER AREA:
    ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 21, THE LITTLE TOWN OF TEZPUR PRESENTED A TRAGIC SPECTACLE. I WAS WOKEN UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO PREPARE TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. AT SIX, GOING AROUND TOWN, I FOUND CURRENCY NOTES BURNING OUTSIDE THE STATE BANK BUILDING. A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE HELPLESSLY LOOKED ON AND LATER SEARCHED FOR SOME COINS WHICH HAD ALSO BEEN BURNED. THE LAST REFUGEES WERE LEAVING WITH THEIR BELONGINGS, AND THE STREETS WERE EMPTY.

    AT THE BHURBAND GHAT, FROM WHERE THE FERRY CROSSES, THOUSANDS WERE GATHERED. AMONG THEM WERE MOMPAS FROM THE NORTH-EAST FRONTIER AGENCY. OF THE 30 THOUSAND PEOPLE OF TEZPUR, 25 THOUSAND HAVE LEFT. HUNDREDS OF TROOPS WHO HAD BEEN ORDERED TO LEAVE WERE ALSO RUSHING THEIR EQUIPMENT ON TO STEAMERS. SOME WERE LYING ON THE GROUND RESTING. REFUGEES WERE LEAVING BY RAFTS AND PRIMITIVE BOATS AS THE FERRIES WERE OVERCROWDED. TROOPS SET UP A WIRELESS POST TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HEADQUARTERS. EVERYTHING WAS WELL ORGANIZED AND THERE WAS NO PANIC.

    RETURNING TO TEZPUR I FOUND THE TOWN NEARLY EMPTY. THERE WAS A SMALL CROWD GATHERED ROUND THE POLICE STATION. ALL SHOPS WERE CLOSED AND POLICE WERE PATROLLING THE STREETS TO PREVENT LOOTING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAC4F8UT5EAFNZRHW87RJQOCAZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAC4F8UT5EAFNZRHW87RJQOCAZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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