Police in the northern Assam state in India have used canes to break up crowds of demonstrators attempting to picket the vital oil installation at Narengi, near the state capital of Gauhati.
GV Pan riot police
GV and SV Indians squatting in protest (two shots)
GVs Police move demonstrators on (two shots)
GV Pan Police outside deserted government offices (two shots)
CU Spokesman for the demonstrators Mr. Dev Kant Kokoti speaking to reporters in English (two shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: MR. KAKOTI: "Now this problem the people of Assam is fighting is against the infiltrance, illegal infiltrance from Pakistan, East Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. and also their continued presence in Assam. And thirdly and what is worse is these people have been able to enlist themselves electors effecting the political equilibrium of the state. Now this problem has got another aspect - namely the people who have come from East Pakistan. These people are from a definitely different ethnic group and linguistic group. Now their presence in large numbers is going to effect the ethnic as well as the cultural life of the people of Assam. The people of Assam today are fighting for the territorial integrity of India. Part of India, namely Assam has been invaded silently and surreptitiously over these years by illegal migrants from East Pakistan and Bangladesh and from 1962 a large number of Nepalese also have started coming in."
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Background: Police in the northern Assam state in India have used canes to break up crowds of demonstrators attempting to picket the vital oil installation at Narengi, near the state capital of Gauhati. The Assamese protestors want to drive thousands of immigrant workers from Nepal, Bangladesh and Bengal out of the state.
SYNOPSIS: The riot police armed with canes, or Lathi, and shields have cleared more than two and a half thousand demonstrators from the Narengi oil installation and are enforcing a curfew in the region. But on tuesday (APRIL 22) protestors began picketing government offices and banks. Thousands of people defied a government ban on demonstrations following a call by students leading the agitation to picket offices across the state for five days and cripple its administration.
Here at Chandmari armed police asked the demonstrators squatting outside the Deputy Commissioners Court to move on. On Wednesday (APRIL 23) police made hundreds of arrests but there was no violence reported. There has been large-scale absenteeism from government departments with armed police guarding empty offices as pickets gather outside. On Thursday (APRIL 24) police used their canes to break up a crowd of three hundred demonstrators marching towards the Narengi oil installation. Eyewitnesses said people ran in all directions and some were injured. Employees at the plant are continuing a strike against restarting the flow of Narengi oil which supplies about one seventh of India's needs. Authorities in Assam have appealed to the Indian government for emergency oil supplies to head off a fuel crisis caused by the strike. A spokesman for the demonstrators, Mr. Dev Kant Kakoti, spoke to reporters.