• Short Summary

    POLICE USED TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE DEMONSTRATORS WHO TRIED TO MARCH ON THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT IN NEW DELHI MONDAY (APRIL 6) DEMANDING WORK OR UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF.

  • Description

    POLICE USED TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE DEMONSTRATORS WHO TRIED TO MARCH ON THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT IN NEW DELHI MONDAY (APRIL 6) DEMANDING WORK OR UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF.

    THREE POLICEMEN WERE WOUNDED WHEN THEY CLASHED WITH ABORIGINAL TRIBESMEN CARRYING BOWS, WHO WERE AMONG THE DEMONSTRATORS. SEVERAL MARCHERS WERE ALSO INJURED, INCLUDING TWO PARLIAMENTARY MEMBERS OF THE SAMYUKTA SOCIALIST PARTY, WHICH ORGANISED THE DEMONSTRATION.

    SEVERAL THOUSAND DEMONSTRATORS ATTEMPTED THEIR MARCH ON PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN DEFIANCE OF PROHIBITORY ORDERS. MANY WERE ABORIGINAL TRIBESMEN -- CALLED ADVASIS -- ARMED WITH BOWS, ARROWS, SWORDS, SPEARS AND AXES. THEY BEAT DRUMS AND SHOUTED ANTI-GOVERNMENT SLOGANS.

    OVER 2,000 POLICE BLOCKED ROADS LEADING TO THE BUILDING. THEY HALTED THE PROCESSION SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS (METRES) FROM PARLIAMENT, BUT SOME DEMONSTRATORS TRIED TO BREAK THE POLICE CORDON.

    TEAR GAS AND BATONS WERE USED TO BREAK UP THE DEMONSTRATORS, SOME OF WHOM FELL TO THE GROUND INJURED. THEY INCLUDED TWO SAMYUKTA SOCIALIST MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS BROKE UP IN CONFUSION AFTER THE POLICE CHARGE AND SCATTERED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. OVER 80 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED.

    PARLIAMENT BROKE UP IN UPROAR AFTER THE DEMONSTRATION AS OPPOSITION MEMBERS PROTESTED AGAINST THE POLICE ACTION. A BLOOD-STAINED SHIRT BELONGING TO ONE OF THE INJURED PARLIAMENTARY MEMBERS WAS HELD UP. THE POLICE WERE ACCUSED OF COMMITTING "ATROCITIES".

    THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, ANNOUNCED THAT A JUDICIAL INQUIRY WOULD BE ORDERED INTO THE DEMONSTRATION AND POLICE ACTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADO34LFK9F9P6CB30YZ564O1LZ
    Media URN:
    VLVADO34LFK9F9P6CB30YZ564O1LZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:07:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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