The first of the Indian troops to be sent to the Congo began arriving in Leopoldville on March 15th.
The first of the Indian troops to be sent to the Congo began arriving in Leopoldville on March 15th. By evening next day, some 400 had arrived. They are to assist the United Nations force in the Congo, which has lost some of its original strength following the withdrawal by some countries of their contingents.
Altogether, 4,700 Indian soldiers are due to arrive. They are being flown in from Delhi, with their equipment, as the Congo port of Matadi is now closed to the U.N. following its seizure by Congolese troops.
The Indians are being greeted with some ill feeling by certain section sections of the Leopoldville population. A newspaper article refers to them as new colonialist invaders, mentioning what it calls India's "grip on East Africa", built up by Indian immigration over the last 50 years.
It will be about 4 weeks before the big airlift of Indian troops from Delhi is complete.