Iranian students living in India clashed with police on Thursday (2 February) as they demonstrated against the Shah of Iran who arrived in New Delhi for a four-day State visit.
Iranian students living in India clashed with police on Thursday (2 February) as they demonstrated against the Shah of Iran who arrived in New Delhi for a four-day State visit. About 60 Iranian students took part in the demonstration, and they were supported by several hundred Indian sympathisers. The demonstration took place as the Shah's motorcade passed from New Delhi's Palam airport to the Presidential palace.
SYNOPSIS: The Shah himself piloted the royal plane for the flight from Teheran.
President Sanjiva Reddy and Prime Minister Morarji Desai were at the airport to greet the Shah, who was accompanied by Empress Farah, Also in the welcoming party were India's Foreign Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, senior officials and members of the diplomatic corps. The Shah is on his first visit to the sub-continent since 1974.
Iranian students said they had been served with orders forbidding them to leave their places of study without police permission during the Shah's visit. They said they were told that if they took part in any demonstration they could be deported.
The students, many wearing red ???, tried to rush towards the motorcade as it made its way through New Delhi's fashionable district of Connaught Place. Some managed to break through a cordon of several hundred policemen. They shouted slogans such as "Down with the Shah" and "The Shah is a murder"
The Shah and Empress Farah met President Reddy and his family in the More congenial environs of the Presidential Palace. Later the Shah held hour-long talks with Mr. Desai. A Foreign Office spokesman afterwards described the talks as extremely cordial and said the two leaders would meet again before the end of the royal visit.