In India, nineteen policemen were killed in gun battles with troops on Monday (25 June) after the army was ordered to break a wave of police strikes.
In India, nineteen policemen were killed in gun battles with troops on Monday (25 June) after the army was ordered to break a wave of police strikes. The fighting erupted in New Delhi and at Bokaro in the Northern Bihar province, as hundreds of soldiers moved in to arrest striking policemen.
SYNOPSIS: Trouble in the central Reserve Police Force (C.R.P.F) spread to Delhi on Saturday (23 June) when a thousand special reserve men joined the strike. prime Minister, Morarji Desai, told a new conference on Monday that no democracy could survive if police were allowed to strike. but the policemen have defied the government and voted to strike anyway.
Police have been striking for better pay and working conditions. Strikes have swept the country since a successful stoppage in April by police in India's Northern Punjab province. There the policemen were awarded a wage of 527 rupees (66 U.S. dollars) a month against a national average of 350 rupees (43 U.S. dollars).
The special reserve force continued to guard ammunition and arms rooms during the strike. The group usually comes to the aid to the state police. and they helped put down agitation by other police units in past months.
The government was forced to replace C.R.P.F. force members assigned to guard embassies in New Delhi. The Soviet Embassy was guarded on Sunday (24 June) by a border security guard and the guard outside the United States Embassy was also replaced. Prime Minister Desai ordered the army to the C.R.P.F. barracks on Monday (25 June) to break the strike. The Jhoroda Kalan Camp was guarded by non-striking policemen before the army were called in.