• Short Summary

    AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, HARYANA AND PUNJAB-HARYANA BORDER, INDIA

    Fighting continued in Amritsar on June 5 after a curfew was imposed on the north Indian state of Punjab two days previously.In the worst incident, Sikh extremists trapped in the Golden Temple fired machineguns and mortar bombs at troops ringing the building.Two people were killed and four were wounded.A government spokesman said forty people had given themselves up to the army.A journalist reported before he was expelled from the city with other journalist that blasts and gunfire had rocked the temple while military helicopters circled overhead.Militant Sikh leaders had clambered on to the ramparts of the complex and appealed for help, saying they expect troops to storm the complex.In other incidents, three people died in two separate Sikh attacks in the Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts.In the Amritsar incident, a mob of 50 people robbed two policemen of their rifles.Gunfire was also reported earlier at three shrines near the Punjab towns of Patiala, Kapurthala and Tarn Taran.Police said they opened fire and used batons to break up a column of some 4,000 Sikh farmers from nearby villages who converged on Amritsar in response to the call from the temple militants.After the curfew was imposed, the Punjab was effectively cut off from the rest of the world.Telex and telephone links were down, and officials clamped a news blackout on the state where more than 280 people have died recently in Sikh-Hindu violence.The curfew followed a seven-hour gun battle at the Golden Temple on June 1 in which 11 people died and 29 others were injured.The isolation of the Punjab had repercussions in other parts of Northern India, and in adjoining Haryana state, more than 12,000 passengers were left stranded at the Ambala railway station, near the border with the Punjab.Both Hindus and Sikhs had to endure the sweltering heat at the station after an order banning the movements of all kinds of traffic went into effect.As temperatures soared, Ambala residents set up emergency kitchens to feed the stranded travellers, an
    d provided them with curry, chappatis and cool drinks.At the state border, thousands of trucks formed a five-mile-long (8 kilometre) queue waiting for the restrictions to be lifted.But even as they waited, more military convoys moved into the troubled Punjab.

  • Description

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In London, Sikhs protesting over the recent Punjabi events attacked the Indian High Commission on June 5. Nine demonstrators were arrested after windows were smashed and a paraffin bomb was hurled into the building.
    AMRITSAR (KAPOOR)
    1. GV Street full of rubble. 0.08
    2. SV House burning. 0.13
    3. SV Armed soldiers patrolling streets. 0.24
    4. SV Soldiers toward building and soldier firing rifle. 0.30
    5. SV Burnt-out car. 0.35
    6. SVs Burning shop and debris in streets. (2 SHOTS) 0.46
    7. GV Empty street ZOOM TO SV smoke from fires behind street. 0.55
    8. SVs Soldier firing rifle and soldiers patrolling. (2 SHOTS) 1.03
    9. GV Cow in deserted street. 1.06
    10. GV Fire engines arriving. 1.11
    11. GV ZOOM TO SV Fire burning inside building. 1.18
    12. GVs Firemen spraying water on burning building. (3 SHOTS) 1.44
    13. CU & GVs Armed soldiers guarding street near burning debris. (3 SHOTS) 2.00
    14. SV Armed soldiers patrolling streets. 2.11
    AMBALA (PRAKASH)
    15. GV Large crowds outside railway station. 2.17
    16. SV People shouting and queueing for food. (3 SHOTS) 2.31
    17. SV Women making chappatis. 2.39
    18. SV PAN People on railway platform. 2.50
    InitialsASG/JRS


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    Background: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, HARYANA AND PUNJAB-HARYANA BORDER, INDIA

    Fighting continued in Amritsar on June 5 after a curfew was imposed on the north Indian state of Punjab two days previously.In the worst incident, Sikh extremists trapped in the Golden Temple fired machineguns and mortar bombs at troops ringing the building.Two people were killed and four were wounded.A government spokesman said forty people had given themselves up to the army.A journalist reported before he was expelled from the city with other journalist that blasts and gunfire had rocked the temple while military helicopters circled overhead.Militant Sikh leaders had clambered on to the ramparts of the complex and appealed for help, saying they expect troops to storm the complex.In other incidents, three people died in two separate Sikh attacks in the Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts.In the Amritsar incident, a mob of 50 people robbed two policemen of their rifles.Gunfire was also reported earlier at three shrines near the Punjab towns of Patiala, Kapurthala and Tarn Taran.Police said they opened fire and used batons to break up a column of some 4,000 Sikh farmers from nearby villages who converged on Amritsar in response to the call from the temple militants.After the curfew was imposed, the Punjab was effectively cut off from the rest of the world.Telex and telephone links were down, and officials clamped a news blackout on the state where more than 280 people have died recently in Sikh-Hindu violence.The curfew followed a seven-hour gun battle at the Golden Temple on June 1 in which 11 people died and 29 others were injured.The isolation of the Punjab had repercussions in other parts of Northern India, and in adjoining Haryana state, more than 12,000 passengers were left stranded at the Ambala railway station, near the border with the Punjab.Both Hindus and Sikhs had to endure the sweltering heat at the station after an order banning the movements of all kinds of traffic went into effect.As temperatures soared, Ambala residents set up emergency kitchens to feed the stranded travellers, an
    d provided them with curry, chappatis and cool drinks.At the state border, thousands of trucks formed a five-mile-long (8 kilometre) queue waiting for the restrictions to be lifted.But even as they waited, more military convoys moved into the troubled Punjab.

    Source: REUTERS - JAGDISH KAPOOR AND PREM PRAKASH

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5M3IAE4NIJWFSV0WDN2RYE8OP
    Media URN:
    VLVA5M3IAE4NIJWFSV0WDN2RYE8OP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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