• Short Summary

    The first film of Bangladesh, after the bloody overthrow of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in Dacca on Thursday (14 August), showed the situation quiet along the frontier with India despite the closure of the border.

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    The first film of Bangladesh, after the bloody overthrow of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in Dacca on Thursday (14 August), showed the situation quiet along the frontier with India despite the closure of the border.

    The view of the border, from the Indian side, showed that the people in the Jessore district of Bangladesh were carrying on work quietly, tilling their farm lands and going about their usual business. Similar reports were received from elsewhere along the frontier.

    The only visible sign that the situation has changed was the closure of the railway line linking Bangladesh with India. All telephone and cable lines were also suspended.

    Meanwhile, the Government of India issued a statement on Saturday (16 August) saying that they were studying reports of the latest events in which Sheikh Mujibur was killed and several members of his family and many supporters died.

    The Indian Government said they were "deeply grieved" at the death of Sheikh Mujibur. But a spokesman said that they were still committed to close co-operation with the countries of the sub-continent.

    On Sunday (17 August) reports from Dacca said the new Bangladesh Government had lifted the 24-hour-curfew imposed after the coup. According to the state radio, monitored in Calcutta India, Sheikh Mujibur has been buried with full military honours.

    Observers gave three main reasons for the Sheikh's overthrow: His treatment of Bangladesh's small army in favour of his para-military forces because of his fear of the military before Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan; the dis-establishment of the Islamic religion after independence and finally, Sheikh Mujibur's growing isolation from the masses.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAZJ1QM44P4F6RIQFWFVWY7BIK
    Media URN:
    VLVAAZJ1QM44P4F6RIQFWFVWY7BIK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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