Refugees from East Pakistan and members of the self-styled "Liberation Army" continue to cross into India to escape the advancing Pakistan Army.
LS Main street Dacca
MLS Crowd in street
MCU Man taken in ambulance and into hospital
MCU Another man on stretcher into hospital
MS Man lifted off stretcher into hospital
MCU Man on hospital bed examined by doctor
MCU Wounded man being bandaged
MS Man examined by doctor
MCU Man asking for water
CU Stomach wound and Pan up to dead man's face
MS Dead bodies on veranda of hospital
CU Dead men (2 shots)
MLS Shell damaged buildings
LS Damaged houses in street
LS Pan damaged area (2 shots)
MS Damaged cars and Pan up to burned building (2 shots)
LS Pan of damaged area
MS Dead bodies lying on river bank
CU Dead body
CU Crows and vultures pecking at dead body
CU Crow pecking at dead man's face
Initials OS/2259 JL/OS/2317
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Background: Refugees from East Pakistan and members of the self-styled "Liberation Army" continue to cross into India to escape the advancing Pakistan Army. The refugees bring with them stories of death and destruction, although atrocities have been reported by both sides during the fighting.
This film was shot by a man claiming to be member of the Pakistan Foreign Service, but now swearing allegiance to the Republic of Bangla Desh, as he refers to it. Although the film clearly shows devastation and death, Visnews cannot vouch that it was caused by the Pakistan Army, as the cameraman claims.
SYNOPSIS: Dacca in early March, before the bitter fighting erupted between the West Pakistan Army and the self-styled "Liberation Army".
The scenes in this film were shot by a man claiming to be a member of the Pakistan Government Foreign Service, but now searing allegiance to the Republic of Bangla Desh, as he refers to it. Information accompanying the film indicates that these scenes were shot on March the second. The film purports to show wounded Bengali mill workers, who were alleged to have been shot by Pakistani soldiers during that strike in early March, and nearly five hundred people are reported to have died. The cameraman indicated that the dead and wounded in these scenes around the Medical College were shot by soldiers of the Pakistan Army.
These scenes of Dacca were filmed between March the twenty-eighth and April the second, according to the cameraman's information. He indicates that the damage was cause by the Pakistan Army troops and their use of cannons, tanks, mortars and machine-guns. It is also claimed that some of the fire ravaged areas were destroyed through the use of incendiary bombs and napalm. Other sources have indicated that fighting was severe in Dacca at the time this film was reported to have been shot, but the authenticity of this film cannot be guaranteed.
Refugees from East Pakistan continue to bring with them tales of atrocities. Other observers have indicated that both sides in the bitter war were guilty of some atrocities. These scenes are purported to have been shot on March the twenty-seventh, near Dacca. The cameraman did not indicate the cause of death.