• Short Summary

    About 30,000 people marched 45 miles (72 kms) to the Indian border from Northwest Bangladesh on Sunday (16 May) in a protest demonstration over a dam built by India on the River Ganges.

  • Description

    About 30,000 people marched 45 miles (72 kms) to the Indian border from Northwest Bangladesh on Sunday (16 May) in a protest demonstration over a dam built by India on the River Ganges.

    India had threatened to use force if the march crossed the frontier. But 97-year-old politician, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, who led the march, said it would stop at the border.

    Maulana Bhashani, a frail, white-bearded moslem radical, said the march was to rouse the global conscience. He added that it would be peaceful and trespassing in Indian territory was out of the question.

    India built the dam, called the Farraka barrage, just inside its territory to divert the Ganges into the River Hooghly which flushes Calcutta port.

    Bangladesh claims the dam has affected farm irrigation and river navigation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABK6HVEXC4U68JAL94KV12ZYJW
    Media URN:
    VLVABK6HVEXC4U68JAL94KV12ZYJW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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