• Short Summary

    EIGHT MEN PLAN TO BURN THEMSELVES TO DEATH IN AMRITSAR TODAY (MONDAY). THEY ARE SIKH?

  • Description

    EIGHT MEN PLAN TO BURN THEMSELVES TO DEATH IN AMRITSAR TODAY (MONDAY). THEY ARE SIKH LEADERS ASSOCIATED WITH SANT (SAINT) FATEH SINGH THE SIKH HOLY MAN WHO PLANS TO BURN HIMSELF TO DEATH IN THE SAME WAY TOMORROW IN A DRAMATIC CLIMAX TO A 10 DAY FAST. THE DRASTIC PROTEST IS AN ATTEMPT TO FORCE CONCESSIONS FROM THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOR THE NEW SIKH-DOMINATED STATE OF PUNJAB.

    OFFICIAL SOURCES IN NEW DELHI HAVE SAID THERE APPEARS TO BE NO SIGN THAT THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE IN TO SANT FATEH SINGH'S MAIN DEMAND -- TO HAVE THE TOW OF CHANDIGARH AS PUNJAB STATE'S CAPITAL. AT PRESENT CHANDIGARH IS SHARED BY PUNJAB AND THE HINDU STATE OF HARIANA. YESTERDAY PRIME MINISTER MRS. INDIRA GANDHI MADE HER FOURTH APPEAL TO THE SIKH LEADERS NOT TO BURN THEMSELVES TO DEATH. HER APPEAL FOLLOWED A TWO-HOUR CABINET MEETING.

    MEANWHILE SANT FATEH SINGH HAS ENTERED THE TENTH DAY OF HIS FAST. YESTERDAY DOCTORS DESCRIBED HIS CONDITION AS DETERIORATING AFTER A RESTLESS NIGHT. SPEAKING FROM HIS BED, SANT FATEH SINGH SAID THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT WANTED TO BATHE IN THE BLOOD OF SIKH LEADERS, BUT, HE ADDED, THERE WAS ALWAYS THE HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT STILL "ADOPT THE RIGHT PATH."
    TODAY TROOPS AND POLICE ARE STANDING BY IN AMRITSAR WHICH IS UNDER A 48 HOUR CURFEW. SIKHS, ARMED WITH STEEL-TIPPED BAMBOO SPEARS AD BROAD CURVED SWORDS, GUARD THE OUTER BUILDINGS OF THE GOLDEN TEMPLE. OUTSIDE HUGE WHITEWASHED BOWLS STAND PREPARED FOR THE HUMAN SACRIFICE AT 1600 LOCAL (1030 GMT).

    (TWO HINDU LEADERS ARE ALSO FASTING. THEY ARE DEMANDING A HALT TO THE SLAUGHTER OF COWS, SACRED TO THE HINDUS.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACRUXJ11OH68MOQD1Z5MXCXZBU
    Media URN:
    VLVACRUXJ11OH68MOQD1Z5MXCXZBU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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