The entire North Indian state of Punjab has been immobilised by government order as army units move into siege positions around the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
AMRITSAR, JUNE 1 (JAGDISH
GV Golden Temple with Sikh guards patrolling in front. (2 SHOTS)
GV & CU Women cleaning blood form entrance to temple, carrying daggers strapped to backs. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM TO CU Bullet holes on steps of temple and temple wall marked 1/6/84. (2 SHOTS)
SV Sikhs bricking up window to improve defences.
SV Armed guards on top of temple building. (2 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Sikh leader Bhindranwale seated in room with newsmen (2 SHOTS)
GV Grain trucks held up on roadside; truck departing. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Sandbags in streets; deserted shops and street (3 SHOTS)
BOMBAY, MAY 31 (TAMPI)
GV Traffic in streets.
SV People giving blood in medical centre. (4 SHOTS)2.23
SV People receiving curry and rice; feeding children and eating. (5 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Wife of Maharashta Governor supervising relief supplies for riot victims; sheets, blankets, pots and pans. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: The entire North Indian state of Punjab has been immobilised by government order as army units move into siege positions around the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The temple is the headquarters from which Sikh extremist have waged war on police surrounding the area. Speculation that troops, including elite guards battalion, are about to mount an attack on the Sikh shrine grew as the government in New Delhi imposed a 36-hour curfew on the state. All rail and bus services have been suspended, private vehicles have been forbidden to move, and all media coverage of events in the area has been banned. The Sikh inside the temple have been seen fortifying their shrine in preparation for the attack which they clearly expect. sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale has condemned the siege as an insult, and says that his men will fight to the last. The moving in of troops follows a bloody gun battle on June 1 when 11 people were killed and 29 wounded in a savage exchange of fire. The government action is also seen as a means of averting the threatened grain boycott, whereby all grain would be prevented form leaving Punjab for other areas of India. Punjab is the state form which most of India's grain comes. One place where grain is most needed is int he relief camps set up in Bombay following vicious rioting in the southern state of Maharashtra. The turmoil, which claimed more than two hundred lives, left thousands of people homeless and many more reluctant to return on their homes for fear of further violence. Relief supplies have been reaching the camps in the form of blankets, foods and kitchen utensils to help the people resume their lives after the carnage of previous weeks.