Shopkeepers locked their shops in Meerut, the bazaar closed Nov 10 as the citizens much-heralded demonstration against the Indian Communist Party over the chinese frontier incursions began with a march to the Town Hall where the National Committee of the Party were in conference.
LV Row of locked shops.
SV People pass closed bazaar.
SV PAN..Demonstrators on jeep.
LV Demonstrators with banners through Meerut.
SV PAN..Demonstrators outside Town Hall.
SCU Agitated demonstrators.
CU Police on guard.
LV Past demonstrators to Town Hall.
LV Police guarding Memorial.
SV Frenzied demonstrators, at boundary of Memorial.
SCU Frenzied demonstrators.
LV Police cordon.
GV Demonstrators at boundary of Memorial
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Background: Shopkeepers locked their shops in Meerut, the bazaar closed Nov 10 as the citizens much-heralded demonstration against the Indian Communist Party over the chinese frontier incursions began with a march to the Town Hall where the National Committee of the Party were in conference.
Marching with banners, the demonstrators at times worked themselves into a frenzy as they approached the town's memorial where Party members had planned to lay wreaths. Steel-helmeted police armed with tear gas and rifles blocked access to the memorial.
The memorial is to Indians who died in the 1857 Mutiny against the British. It was in Meerut that the Mutiny began.
In New Delhi, the same day, Prime Minister Nehru was studying a Chinese proposal of disengagement in the border area of Ladakh. Diplomatic observers reported the proposal as a new dilemma for Mr. Nehru to tackle but as no communique was expected early, the view was that the Prime Minister was not going to be hustled into any premature statement. The dilemma was that if India accepted the proposal she would have to abandon the one airstrip in the border area and seven important border checkpoints.