President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh, assassinated on Saturday (30 May), was buried in Dacca on Tuesday (2 June) with full state and military honours, after a funeral service attended by hundreds of thousands of people.
GV Flag at halfmast PULL BACK TO crowds. (2 SHOTS)
SV Crowd surround coffin of assassinated President Ziaur Rahman.
SV & GV Coffin being carried past mourning crowds and picture of former President as crowd pray. (3 SHOTS)
GV Coffin carried through massed crowds and procession to graveside headed by military guard. (3 SHOTS)
GV Procession arriving at new Parliament building.
GV Grave being prepared and coffin laid. (5 SHOTS)
GV Street in Chittagong and artillery piece.
GV Chittagong Harbour area with gunboats moored.
GV PAN FROM Crowds in street TO flag at halfmast.
GV House where former president was killed. (2 SHOTS)
GV Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
SV Portrait of Zia.
GV United Arab Emirates Ambassador signing condolence book
SV PAN High Commission staff standing.
GV Book signed.
GV Chinese Ambassador signing condolence book.
GV Indian Prime Minister Mrs Gandhi sits in chair and signs book.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
BIDDULPH: "Throughout the morning, what seemed like a never-ending line of mourners paid their respects at the coffin of Ziaur Rahman, Bangladesh's first popularly elected President. There was heavy military security. As noon approached, the coffin was taken through the streets for burial. All offices were shut and it seemed as though the entire population of the Dacca area had come to pray and give tribute.
"En route, there was a pause for a Moslem ceremony. Then the procession made its way towards the grave site, hastily prepared near the new unfinished Parliament building which President Ziaur Rahman had hoped to inaugurate. And as Bangladesh gathered to bury its president, there was official confirmation that the man responsible for his death, Major General Manzur, who led the brief Chittagong attempt at the coup d'etat, was also dead. The government television station said he had been captured last night at a village, but was killed by angry troops while being taken to Chittagong."
REPORTER: JIM BIDDULPH
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President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh, assassinated on Saturday (30 May), was buried in Dacca on Tuesday (2 June) with full state and military honours, after a funeral service attended by hundreds of thousands of people. President Zia was killed at the start of an abortive revolt by army officers in Chittagong. The rebellion collapsed on Monday (1 June) and Bangladesh Radio reported that its leader, Major-General Abul Manzur, was killed by angry troops that night. The BBC's Jim Biddulph reports from Dacca.
SYNOPSIS: The Bangladesh Army maintained throughout the crisis that the Chittagong revolt had been carried out by what it described as a "few miscreants". And the Navy, based in Chittagong, denied all connection with the rebellion.
President Zia was riddled with sub-machinegun bullets when the rebels stormed the government guest house in Chittagong. Eight other people were killed in the coup attempt which had no public or opposition party support.
News of the death of the 45-year-old President was heard with dismay in India which only ten years earlier had defeated Pakistan in a conflict which ended with the creation of Bangladesh.
In New Delhi, as in Bangladesh High Commissions and Embassies in dozens of other capitals, diplomats paid their respects in books of condolence. President Zia was recognised as a tough but fair leader, dedicated to improving conditions for the 90-million people of Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest nations.
India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi joined those who mourned the President's death. Her government approved of his policies which had given Bangladesh an unprecedented period of stability. Ironically, it was President Zia's pro-India stance which many believe most angered his enemies and led to the assassination.