Indian army units began on the 21st of December to move out of Kushtia, not for from East Pakistan's western border, and Bengali guerrillas were taken over the task of distributing clothing and other supplies to the townspeople in this war-ravaged town.
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LV PAN..from building to Bangladesh flag
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GV Destroyed building in Kushtia town (2 shots)
SV Children on destroyed tank (2 shots)
SV Pakistan POW in lorry leaving
SV PAN.. Indian army leaving in truck (3 shots)
SV PAN & CU.. Mujib Bahini men distribute clothing (5 shots)
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Background: Indian army units began on the 21st of December to move out of Kushtia, not for from East Pakistan's western border, and Bengali guerrillas were taken over the task of distributing clothing and other supplies to the townspeople in this war-ravaged town.
The guerrillas, who used to call themselves the Mukti Bahini have now adopted the name "Mujib Bahini", in honour of their chosen leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, now under house arrest in West Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: The town of Kushtia, near East Pakistan's western border was severely damaged in the Indian-Pakistan war, and the townspeople have been coping as best they can with the hunger and deprivation that follows war. Conditions like these will inevitably await the trickle of refugees -- 130,000 out of ten million reported so far -- who are returning from India Government plans are to begin moving the refugees back in a big - rail and road operation next month.
Units of the Indian army, together with Pakistan army prisoners-of-war, have been moving out of the Kushtia in the past few days. They are leaving a town which has lost many of its young men in the car, and now must suffer the privations of famine and other shortages after it. The Bengali guerrillas, known as the Mukti Bahini, have however taken some steps to help the situation, distributing clothing and other supplies. Since the end of the war, they have triumphantly called themselves the Mujib Bahini, in honour of their chosen leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman now under house arrest in West Pakistan. It is their hope that Sheikh Mujibur will return to help them with the building of Bangladesh. Meanwhile these relief efforts indicate that they do not see their task finished when the fighting is over.
Their contribution is welcomed by the suffering people of Kushtia. For among them, only a few can be joyful, as they welcome home sons who have returned safely from the war.