• Short Summary

    Dacca, last eastern stronghold of Pakistan forces fighting against heavy Indian attacks last week, was on Friday (December 17) trying to return to normal following Pakistan's surrender, Mukti Bahini guerrilla fighters of the Bangladesh movement, which has now claimed control of East Pakistan, were rounding up Razakars -armed pro-Government irregular forces - and in some cases slaughtering them in revenge.

  • Description

    Dacca, last eastern stronghold of Pakistan forces fighting against heavy Indian attacks last week, was on Friday (December 17) trying to return to normal following Pakistan's surrender, Mukti Bahini guerrilla fighters of the Bangladesh movement, which has now claimed control of East Pakistan, were rounding up Razakars -armed pro-Government irregular forces - and in some cases slaughtering them in revenge. Bodies awaiting burial still littered the streets, and Pakistan Government troops had begun trekking voluntarily to prisoner of war camps to escape possible reprisals by the Mukti Bahini - who, in the two or three days following the cease-fire, has the controlling need before sufficient Indian army elements arrived to restore order.

    Among newsmen in the city use a crew from VISNEWS, which shot this film -- delayed in Dacca for some day by still chaotic conditions.

    SYNOPSIS: Crowds in Dacca, East Pakistan, have been gathering daily outside the home of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- the elected Bangladesh leader held in detention in West Pakistan -- to pray for his release while the city tries to return to normal often the bloody two-week war. This film, shot on Friday, two days after the surrender of Pakistan Government forces on the eastern front was delayed by chaotic conditions and poor communications with the outside world. Still burning were houses commandeered as barracks by Pakistan forces, who following their defeat began trekking voluntarily to prisoner of war camps to escape possible reprisals by the Mukti Bahini reprisals such as those carried out against the Razakars. For the Razakars -- rounded up by the Mukti Bahini following Dacca's fall -- were in some case slaughtered in revenge for their support of the Pakistan Government before and during the war.

    As this film was shot, Mukti Bahini forces had virtual control of Dacca in the two or three days between cease-fire and the arrival of sufficient Indian troops to restore some sort of order. But they have been ordered to lay down their arms and return to their homes, and refugees who had fled to India were beginning the journey back. But although the war is over, total peace still has to be restored.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAO5N0DA5E44EPVPTB0XUXKTHC
    Media URN:
    VLVAAO5N0DA5E44EPVPTB0XUXKTHC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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