• Short Summary

    FIVE PEOPLE DIED AND 60 WERE INJURED AS RELIGIOUS RIOTS SWEPT THROUGH CALCUTTA, INDIA YESTERDAY (SUNDAY).

  • Description

    FIVE PEOPLE DIED AND 60 WERE INJURED AS RELIGIOUS RIOTS SWEPT THROUGH CALCUTTA, INDIA YESTERDAY (SUNDAY). AT ONE STAGE TROOPS WERE CALLED IN AS THE RIOTING CROWDS SURGED THROUGH THE STREET AND POLICE OPENED FIRE ON THE CROWD.

    THE RIOTS STARTED AFTER A FIGHT DEVELOPED IN A GAMBLING DEN. IT DEVELOPED INTO RIOTS BETWEEN CALCUTTA'S MOSLEM AND HINDU COMMUNITIES.

    WOMEN AND CHILDREN FLED TO SAFETY AS RIOTERS SET FIRE TO HOUSES, SHOPS AND CARS. A TEMPLE AND A MOSQUE WERE ALSO DESTROYED AFTER BEING SET ON FIRE.

    MOST OF THE INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY THE RIOTERS THEMSELVES AS THEY FOUGHT WITH STICKS, SPEARS, KNIVES AND STONES. SOME OF THEM ALSO EXPLODED SMOKE BOMBS.

    THE FIRE BRIGADE RUSHED INTO ACTION AND EMERGENCY MEASURES WERE PUT INTO EFFECT AS THE MOB RAMPAGED THROUGH THE STREETS. IN THE POORER QUARTERS OF THE CITY FIREMEN WERE KEPT BUSY RESCUING PEOPLE AND THEIR BELONGINGS FROM HOUSES WHICH HAD BEEN FIRED.

    THE AREA'S DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER MR. JOYTI BASUM ARRIVED ON THE SCENE WITH SOME OF HIS MINISTERIAL COLLEAGUES AS ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO RESTORE ORDER.

    AFTER THE CROWD HAD BEEN CLEARED A CURFEW WAS IMPOSED AND TROOPS CONTINUED TO PATROL THE STREETS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACV9EDGR6XFF9OIUOQ5XKI215O
    Media URN:
    VLVACV9EDGR6XFF9OIUOQ5XKI215O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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