• Short Summary

    AMRITSAR, INDIA

    Hindus tin the troubled Indian state of Punjab gathered at the Arya Samaj Mandir temple in Amritsar on April 6 for a service commemorating murdered politician, Harbans Lal Khanna.An armed guard surrounded the temple during the service.Security forces were determined to prevent repetition of the violence on April 2 when about 15-thousand mourners taking part in Khanna's funeral went on the rampage.Khanna, Amritsar's leader of the right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata political party, was shot the day before by two young Sikh extremists.His bodyguard was also killed.The incident provoked a 48-hour curfew, later extended to April 8, in the Sikh's holy city.It was backed by tough new laws aimed at curbing the Hindu-Sikh violence, which has killed an estimated 120 people this year.Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced on April 5 that under emergency provisions people could be held for six months detention without reason being given and imprisoned for up to two years without trial.Thousands of paramilitary troops patrolling the state had already been given unlimited powers to search, arrest and shoot on sight.They have also been exempted from prosecution.On April 1, the round-the-clock curfew was lifted for 12 hours to allow citizens to shop for essentials.Shops and street stalls opened for a short period and the city of Amritsar appeared to be quiet.Heavy security was still in evidence as police and paramilitary forces roamed the main streets.There was also a guard around the lal Bazar, the Sikh's golden temple, where many terrorists are said to have taken refuge.

  • Description

    APRIL 6
    1. GV Arya Samaj Mandir temple and armed police outside. (3 SHOTS) 0.17
    2. SV INTERIOR Photograph of Harbans Lal Khanna and people inside temple listening to eulogy. (2 SHOTS) 0.28
    3. GV Crowds outside building listening. 0.33
    4. GV Police patrolling streets during curfew, checking motorcyclists. (2 SHOTS) 0.56
    APRIL 7
    5. GV People in streets of Amritsar, including Sikh policemen. (2 SHOTS) 1.17
    6. SV Police on duty. 1.23
    7. GV Open shops and street vendors. (2 SHOTS) 1.32
    8. SV Policemen on guard outside building. (2 SHOTS) 1.40
    9. GV People in streets with Amritsar Lal Bazar in background. 1.52
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    Background: AMRITSAR, INDIA

    Hindus tin the troubled Indian state of Punjab gathered at the Arya Samaj Mandir temple in Amritsar on April 6 for a service commemorating murdered politician, Harbans Lal Khanna.An armed guard surrounded the temple during the service.Security forces were determined to prevent repetition of the violence on April 2 when about 15-thousand mourners taking part in Khanna's funeral went on the rampage.Khanna, Amritsar's leader of the right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata political party, was shot the day before by two young Sikh extremists.His bodyguard was also killed.The incident provoked a 48-hour curfew, later extended to April 8, in the Sikh's holy city.It was backed by tough new laws aimed at curbing the Hindu-Sikh violence, which has killed an estimated 120 people this year.Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced on April 5 that under emergency provisions people could be held for six months detention without reason being given and imprisoned for up to two years without trial.Thousands of paramilitary troops patrolling the state had already been given unlimited powers to search, arrest and shoot on sight.They have also been exempted from prosecution.On April 1, the round-the-clock curfew was lifted for 12 hours to allow citizens to shop for essentials.Shops and street stalls opened for a short period and the city of Amritsar appeared to be quiet.Heavy security was still in evidence as police and paramilitary forces roamed the main streets.There was also a guard around the lal Bazar, the Sikh's golden temple, where many terrorists are said to have taken refuge.

    Source: REUTERS - SURINDER KAPOOR

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB9ZWDDXQ7FADABDEPDGI3VRKH
    Media URN:
    VLVAB9ZWDDXQ7FADABDEPDGI3VRKH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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