Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested in Delhi yesterday (August 1) as they began a 12-day pro-Bangla Desh protest.
GV Party leader addressing demonstrators (2 shots)
CU Demonstrators listening
LV Man placing flowers on statue & addressing crowd. (2 shots)
SV Mr Valpayee leading demonstrators through streets
CU Banners calling for recognition of Bangla Desh
TGV Demonstrators mingling with police prior to being arrested (2 shots)
SV Police blocking road
TV Demonstrators & police
SV Demonstration leaders carrying party flags & flowers
TGV Demonstration, & demonstrators being arrested
SV Arrested demonstrated into police bus
SV People shouting slogans, PAN crowds
SV PAN FROM crowd TO bus departing
TV Demonstrators in square
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Background: Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested in Delhi yesterday (August 1) as they began a 12-day pro-Bangla Desh protest. The demonstrators, members of the opposition All India Jana Sangh Party, invited the police to arrest them as they demanded the recognition of Bangla Desh by the Indian Government. The protest was held in torrential rain during the City's heaviest monsoon downpour this year.
SYNOPSIS: Over five hundred members of one of India's main opposition parties began a 12-day pro Bangla Desh demonstration in Delhi on Sunday. The demonstrators, who belong to the All India Jana Sangh Party, want the Indian Government to recognise East Pakistan as independent Bangla Desh.
The demonstrator came from about a dozen different Indian states, and called for an immediate settlement of the Pakistan crisis by recognising Bangla Desh. When police stepped in to prevent the crowd from becoming violent, they were invito to arrest the demonstrators. They did.
The spirit of the demonstrators was not quenched, however, and those not arrested said they would continue the 12-day protest.