• Short Summary

    Thirty seven of the 57 Indians, held at Dover for passport checks, left for Victoria Station, London, November 1, by boat train after being granted unrestricted entry into Britain.

  • Description

    Thirty seven of the 57 Indians, held at Dover for passport checks, left for Victoria Station, London, November 1, by boat train after being granted unrestricted entry into Britain. The Indians were detained during the night, October 31, in the cross-Channel steamer, 'Maid of Orleans' following a Home Office check into passport irregularities.

    Many of the Indians were Sikhs, swarthy Punjab farmers, wearing beards and turbans. None could speak English - but all carried a piece of paper with an address of a relative or friend in London, with whom they expected to stay until they found work.

    Behind the inquiries, lies a story of human wretchedness, and a web of intrigue involving Italian, French and British immigration authorities in one of their biggest problems. Last week, 37 Indians tried to enter Britain - allegedly with false passports. A majority of these are still detained in prison, at Canterbury and Brixton, London, U.K.

    Reports hint at a secret organization with links in Britain, Pakistan and India, bringing men here from the two Eastern countries, and Binding them work for a proportion of their earnings. the Immigrants, who sold all their possessions, are thought not to know their passports were forged - until it was too late. Most of the Indians were illiterate village farmers.

    Port officials at Dover are expecting more Indians to arrive from France.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACQYUVJ3P9PZVU1WCZM6NMSMM5
    Media URN:
    VLVACQYUVJ3P9PZVU1WCZM6NMSMM5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:22:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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