More than ten thousand people gathered in Dacca on Saturday (18 December) to hear Mukti Bahini leader Noor E Alam Siddiqui give an account of his men's exploits during the 14-day war.
GV Large crowd at Dacca meeting
SV Noor E Alam Siddiqui addressing meeting
SV Crowd listening
SV Mukti officers
SV Siddiqui speaking
SV People listening
SCU Soldier with rifle and Bangladesh flag
GV Mass crowd at meeting
SV Group of suspected looters tied together
SV Soldiers kicking suspects on ground as people cheer
SCU Two suspects tied together pleading with soldiers
SV Soldier kicking suspects and jumping on them with second soldier beating suspect on head with elbow
CU Suspect with soldier holding hair
CU Officer beating suspect with chop to neck
CU Same officer beats same suspect butting with head (2 shots)
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Background: More than ten thousand people gathered in Dacca on Saturday (18 December) to hear Mukti Bahini leader Noor E Alam Siddiqui give an account of his men's exploits during the 14-day war.
After the rally, Visnews cameraman Prem Prakash managed to film Mukti Bahini officers beating two men alleged to have been found looting.
SYNOPSIS: More than ten thousand gathered in Daces on Saturday to hear Noor E. Alam Siddiqui give details on the Mukti Bahini's part in the war with Pakistani forces. He gave his assurance to the crowd that East Pakistan under the self-styled Bangladesh Government would become an ideal country for all.
The crowd also heard Siddique give an account of his men's actions during the fighting and of his personal role in liberation of Dacca.
After the rally, two alleged looter said to be caught in the act by a Mukti Bahini patrol, were punished on the in full view of newsmen.
Only the day before, horrified Bengal had discovered the bodies of 125 intellectuals in a field outside the capital. All had their hands tied behind their backs and had been bayonetted, garrotted or shot. Feelings were running high in Dacca on Saturday, but Indian officials have publicly stated that unnecessary violence will not be tolerated. The two men accused of looting were severely beaten. One was later released but the other was to be bayonetted to death in front of cheering crowd.