More than a hundred Hindus were arrested when Indian police moved in on marchers in Ambala on May 1.
AMBALA, HARYANA, MAY 1: (KAPOOR):
GV Demonstrators arguing with riot police
GVs & SVs Demonstrators volunteer themselves for arrest by entering police bus, shouting slogans (4 shots)
SVs More demonstrators argue with police and enter bus (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators hurl stones
GVs Police move in with shields and staves (3 shots)
GV Police beat at door of building holding demonstrators
GVs Demonstrators throw stones and police move forward (2 shots)
NEW DELHI, MAY 2: (PRAKASH)
GV Banner saying "Stamp out Terrorism -- Act or Quit"
GV Crowd at rally
SV Riot police on guard (2 shots)
SV NIGHT SCENE Charan Singh addresses rally
SV Atal Behari Vajpayee addresses rally
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Background: More than a hundred Hindus were arrested when Indian police moved in on marchers in Ambala on May 1. The march, organised by the Hindu Protection Committee, was called to protest about the Government's failure to stop the violence in Punjab State. At least two hundred people have died in the last six months in sectarian clashes in the Punjab, where the Alkali Dal is leading a campaign for political and regional concessions for Sikhs in the state. As the police arrested the Hindu marchers, supporters threw stones and the demonstrators chanted slogans. In New Delhi, several thousand people attended a political rally held by the opposition National Democratic Alliance Party on May 2. The former Prime Minister, Mr Charan Singh, and former Foreign Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, addressed the crowds. They protested at the Government's inaction in the Punjab, and said the violence was the result of collusion by the ruling party in the region. Tight security was in force during the rally. Both former ministers are reported to be on a "hit list" of the extremists in the Punjab. The two opposition leaders have called for a campaign of civil disobedience from May 3 to protest about the Government's failure to take action.