Officials of the new Bangladesh regime in East Pakistan are continuing their efforts to protect the Bihari population of the area.
GV Refugees along road with belongings(2 shots)
SV Policeman with loud-hailer addressing crowd (3 shots)
CU Bangladesh flag on jeep
CU Banners "We implore your mercy" "Please help us", "We need peace and security"
SV Police jeep driving away
SV Refugees along road (2 shots)
SV Children in refugee camp and soldiers standing by (5 shots)
SV Refugees along road
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Background: Officials of the new Bangladesh regime in East Pakistan are continuing their efforts to protect the Bihari population of the area.
Bengali citizens of Bangladesh suspect many Biharis of supporting the Pakistan Army during the period of martial law in East Pakistan -- and in the subsequent war with India.
Indian Army officials are joining the local Bangladesh police force in an effort to persuade Biharis to move into camps where they can be protected until the present tension between the Bengalis and Biharis is over.
SYNOPSIS: East Pakistan has a new brand of refugee. He's the Bihari -- a racial group suspected by the Bengali majority of siding with the Pakistan Army during the long period of martial law -- and the subsequent war with India.
Police of the new Bangladesh regime are appealing to the Biharis to move into temporary camps -- for their own safety. They're told they'll be allowed to return home when the present tension between Biharis and Bengalis is over.
The new flag of Bangladesh is enough to terrify many Biharis. They proclaim their anxiety with hastily prepared banners directed at the police and Indian troops.
To a large extent the police protection campaign is working. Already, many thousands of Biharis are housed in the temporary camps -- which can be easily protected from Bengali attack.
Inside the camps -- conditions are hardly ideal. But the Biharis feel safe here. They have police and military protection -- as well as the protection of their own numbers.
Officials of the Bangladesh regime see an urgent need to calm Bengali feeling against their Bihari countrymen.