• Short Summary

    MR. SHASTRI'S BODY HAS BEEN FLOWN BACK TO NEW DELHI AND WILL BE BURNT ON?

  • Description

    MR. SHASTRI'S BODY HAS BEEN FLOWN BACK TO NEW DELHI AND WILL BE BURNT ON A FUNERAL PYRE WITH HINDU RITES HERE (TOMORROW) ON THE BANKS OF THE JUMNA RIVER. IN TASHKENT TODAY (TUESDAY) THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED THE ROUTE AS MR. SHASTRI'S BODY WAS BORNE THROUGH THE STREETS ON A FLAG-DRAPED TANK CHASSIS.

    MR. SHASTRI DIED FROM A HEART ATTACK LAST NIGHT (MONDAY) ONLY HOURS AFTER SIGNING WITH PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN OF PAKISTAN AN HISTORIC DECLARATION ABJURING WAS BETWEEN THEIR COUNTRIES.

    PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN WAS A LEADING PALL BEARER AS MR. SHASTRI'S BODY WAS BORNE THROUGH TASHKENT STREETS. A FELLOW PALL-BEARER WAS THE SOVIET PRIME MINISTER, MR. ALEXEI KOSYGIN, WHOSE DIPLOMATIC COAXING BROUGHT THE INDIAN AND PAKISTANI LEADERS TO TASHKENT FOR THEIR MEETING.

    A WINTRY SUN SHONE OVER TASHKENT AS THE COFFIN WAS DRAWN TO THE AIRPORT TO THE STRAINS OF CHOPIN'S FUNERAL MARCH FROM A SOVIET ARMY BAND.

    INDIA'S ORANGE, GREEN AND WHITE TRICOLOUR FLAG COVERED THE COFFIN.

    THE CORTEGE STOPPED AT THE FOOT OF THE GANGWAY TO A SOVIET IL-18 AIRLINER THAT CARRIED MR. SHASTRI'S BODY TO NEW DELHI. THREE HUGE WREATHS WERE PLACED BY THE COFFIN AND THE SOVIET ARMY GUARD OF HONOUR MARCHED PAST IN SALUTE.

    THE WREATHS WERE REMOVED AND TAKEN INTO THE AIRLINER. TO THE STRAINS OF THE INDIAN, SOVIET AND UZBEK ANTHEMS THE COFFIN WAS GENTLY CARRIED INTO THE AIRLINER.

    IRONICALLY ON ITS JOURNEY THE AIRLINER FLEW OVER PAKISTAN TERRITORY THAT MR. SHASTRI'S PLANE HAD TO SKIRT ON HIS OUTWARD JOURNEY TO TASHKENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC2NTRZ3QOA5U7N2V9FKQ32YB5
    Media URN:
    VLVAC2NTRZ3QOA5U7N2V9FKQ32YB5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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