• Short Summary

    POLICE HAVE BEGUN A MASSIVE MANHUNT FOR THE KILLERS OF ONE OF INDIA'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL POLITICIANS, MR.

  • Description

    POLICE HAVE BEGUN A MASSIVE MANHUNT FOR THE KILLERS OF ONE OF INDIA'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL POLITICIANS, MR. PRATAP SINGH KAIRON, WHO RESIGNED AS CHIEF MINISTER OF THE PUNJAB LAST YEAR.

    WHEN MR. KAIRON LEFT NEW DELHI AFTER TALKS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. SHASTRI, HIS CAR WAS BROUGHT TO A HALT BY A ROAD BLOCK AT RASOI ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THE CAPITAL. AS THE CAR STOPPED, FOUR MEN STEPPED IN FRONT AND OPENED FIRE WITH GUNS KILLING MR. KAIRON, HIS DRIVER, A SECRETARY AND A FRIEND.

    ABOUT 2,000 POLICEMEN, INCLUDING TOP DETECTIVES FROM THE PUNJAB AND DELHI, ARE HUNTING THE GANG WHO AFTERWARDS ESCAPED ACROSS FIELDS. FORENSIC EXPERTS FROM CALCUTTA ARE ALSO AT THE SCENE OF THE MURDER. THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE HOME MINISTER MET TO SATISFY THEMSELVES ON THE STEPS BEING TAKEN TO TRACK DOWN THE ASSASSINS. EYE WITNESSES IN THE VILLAGE SAID THAT THE GANG INCLUDED TWO STURDY SIKHS AND TWO CLEAN-SHAVEN MEN.

    A POLITICAL MURDER OF SUCH MAGNITUDE HAS NOT HAPPENED IN INDIA SINCE GHANDI'S ASSASSINATION IN 1948.

    MR. KAIRON WAS CHIEF MINISTER OF THE PUNJAB FOR NINE YEARS DURING WHICH HE RULED WITH CONSIDERABLE FIRMNESS. HE WAS KNOWN AS A FIRST-CLASS, YET RUTHLESS ADMINISTRATORS, WHO TOLERATED LITTLE OPPOSITION. LAST YEAR HE STEPPED DOWN BECAUSE A JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY SET UP BY MR. NEHRU DECLARED THAT HE WAS GUILTY OF HAVING FAVOURED HIS FAMILY IN STATE MATTERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABUN1GKZ3X5MXBFX4CNJ4WJG6O
    Media URN:
    VLVABUN1GKZ3X5MXBFX4CNJ4WJG6O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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