• Short Summary

    Pro-Moscow communists intend to go ahead with their campaign to seize 200 million acres (80 million hectares) of surplus land for landless peasants, one of the movement's leaders said today (Monday).

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    Pro-Moscow communists intend to go ahead with their campaign to seize 200 million acres (80 million hectares) of surplus land for landless peasants, one of the movement's leaders said today (Monday). In yesterday's second phase of the nationwide movement to redistribute the land --- in which two socialist parties also took part --- thousands of people were arrested.

    Yesterday one of the socialist parties involved in the land seizure attempts was the Praja Socialist Party. One of its leaders, Mr Nath Pai, was detained when ending an attempt to take over the grounds of the residence of the Governor of Maharashtra State in Bombay.

    When Mr Nath Pai led a group of "satyagrahis" in procession to occupy the vacant land they were stopped by police. The local commissioner had imposed a ban on assemblies of more than five people in that area.

    In the village of Panheri, about 85 miles from Bombay, demonstrators attempted to grab land belonging to the Anjuman Irani Trust.

    In Uttar Pradesh members of the Indian Communist Party claimed to have seized some 22,000 acres of land since the beginning of July, but this has denied today by the Chief Minister, Mr Charan Singh.

    Phase three of the land-grab exercise is promised for next Saturday, Indian Independence Day.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEKVJQPHWDO348OWRK88MQ4JYH
    Media URN:
    VLVAEKVJQPHWDO348OWRK88MQ4JYH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
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    N/A

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