Police fired tear gas on Wednesday (5 July) in New Delhi to break up a street battle between supporters and opponents of the peace agreement signed this week by India's Prime Minister Gandhi and President Bhutto of Pakistan.
SV Jana Sangh workers held back by police in Delhi
SV Congress Workers with placards in counter demonstration (3 shots)
SV Jana Sanghis behind police
SV Congress and Jana Sanghis members clashing
SV Police hold back rioters (2 shots)
SV Rioters clash and throw stones
SV Police fire tear gas (2 shots)
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Background: Police fired tear gas on Wednesday (5 July) in New Delhi to break up a street battle between supporters and opponents of the peace agreement signed this week by India's Prime Minister Gandhi and President Bhutto of Pakistan.
The clash was between members of the Prime Minister's congress Party and supporters of the rightist Hindu Nationalist Jana Sangh.The street battle began after two busloads of Congress Party members arrived in front of the Jana Sangh office to protest the party's opposition to the Simla pact. About 300 Jana Sangh members had lined up in front of the office to guard ti from the Congress Party demonstration.
The Jana Sangh President, Atal Behari Vajpayee, has branded the Simla pact a "sell-out" because India agreed to return about 5,000 square miles of territory to Pakistan, although there was no settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
SYNOPSIS: New Delhi police stepped in to hold back two rival political groups on Wednesday. The dispute was over the peace agreement signed this week by India's Prime Minister Gandhi and President Bhutto of Pakistan. Members of the Prime Minister's Congress Party gathered outside the offices of the Jana Sangh to protest their opposition to the Simla pact. About three-hundred supporters of the Jana Sangh lined up to guard the building, and both groups shouted slogans.
The shouting match continued as minor scuffles broke out between members of the two groups. Police did their best to hold the two groups apart, but the situation rapidly deteriorated. The Jana Sangh had branded the Simla pact a "sell-out" because India agreed to return about five-thousand square miles of territory to Pakistan. The party has threatened to launch nationwide protests against the government.
Wednesday's confrontation in New Delhi turned into a full-scaleriot, as each side hurled missiles at the other.
Riot police resorted to firing tear gas to break up the melee.There was more trouble on Thursday, as twelve members of Jana Sangh were arrested in a demonstration against the Prime Minister.