• Short Summary

    NEW DELHI, INDIA

    INTRODUCTION: The siege of an Indian airliner grounded at Lahore, Pakistan by five Sikh hijackers ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning (30 September).

  • Description

    NEW DELHI, INDIA

    GV & SV Relatives waiting for hijack victims to return (3 shots) 0.14
    SV Airport sign PULL OUT TO relatives 0.24
    SV Hijack victims walk through arrivals lounge 0.35
    SV Man shouts in English 0.43
    SV Hijack victim greeted by relative 0.50

    Background: NEW DELHI, INDIA

    INTRODUCTION: The siege of an Indian airliner grounded at Lahore, Pakistan by five Sikh hijackers ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning (30 September). Pakistani commandos disguised as cleaners overpowered the guerrillas who were armed with traditional daggers. The Sikh said they hijacked the plane to force the release of jailed members of a group fighting for an independent Sikh state in India. Before the siege ended some hostages were released on Tuesday (29 September) and flown back to New Delhi, India.

    SYNOPSIS: Before the commandos ended the 20-hour siege, the hijackers released women, children, foreigners and Sikhs, but held captive 44-hostages. Their relatives waited anxiously for the final release.

    The hijackers had set a deadline for their demands although they had not said what they would do if the deadline expired.

    It was an emotional moment as the 68 people released by the hijackers were re-united with friends and family at New Delhi. There were four Americans, eight Swiss, three Canadians, eight Britons, two Dutch and one Thai among the freed passengers.

    On arrival in New Delhi the hostages were said to look harassed and exhausted.

    Source: REUTERS - PREM PRAKASH

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC8HPY78Q8X4S2RZ47HI17J1DB
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8HPY78Q8X4S2RZ47HI17J1DB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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