Bhiwandi, the town near Bombay devastate by recent Hindu-Moslem clashes, is gradually limping back to normal.
GVs General street scenes (3 shots)
GV PANS & SVs Burnt-out huts (6 shots)
GVs & SVs Buildings under construction (5 shots)
GV Bundles of cotton being taken weaving shack
SVs Loom in operation (3 shots)
GV Woven cotton being taken from shack
GVs & SVs People receiving medical treatment at mobile ambulance (3 shots)
GVs & SVs People receiving food and eating it (5 shots)
GVs & SVs Grain being unloaded from train (2 shots)
GV PAN Bags of grain piled up
GVs Bags being loaded and driven away (2 shots)
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Background: Bhiwandi, the town near Bombay devastate by recent Hindu-Moslem clashes, is gradually limping back to normal. The violence in Bhiwandi -- and throughout India -- left at least 227 people dead and hundreds more injured. In one incident in Bhiwandi 20 people were dragged from a house, soaked in kerosene and set alight. Bhiwandi now is a town filled with ruined building and burnt-out shacks. The textile looms are humming again but workers are understandably reluctant to return to the area. Thousands left the town during the riots and those who survived are still in relief camps. As India struggles to recover after the clashes, another problem is besetting the government. Akali Sikhs from the prosperous Punjab region are threatening to block the movement of grain from the area to other parts of the country. The Sikhs are using their positions as the major supplier of grain for India to put pressure on the government to accede to their request for increase autonomy. The government has introduced measures to speed up the stockpiling of grain in a bid to take the sting out of the Sikh action. Farmers in the Punhab had already sold most of their to agencies responsible for moving it throughout the country before the action was initiated.