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    In India, a parliamentary commission of inquiry has inspected the city Meerut where communal riots resulted in 16 deaths over a 48-hour period starting on October 1.

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    MEERUT, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA 6 OCTOBER, 1982 (VISNEWS - JAGDISH KAPOOR)

    GV Parliamentarians being led along street

    GV Deputies listening to eye-witness account

    GV Remains of collapsed building

    SV Old man fingering worry-beads and women crying (3 shots)

    SVs Locked-up snops (3 shots)

    SV & GV Armed police inside army trucks (3 shots)

    Background: In India, a parliamentary commission of inquiry has inspected the city Meerut where communal riots resulted in 16 deaths over a 48-hour period starting on October 1. The clashes, between Hindu and Moslem groups, broke out after a quarrel over a building which both sides regarded as sacred. Home-made hand grenades, acid bombs and rifles were used as people were attacked in the streets and shops set on fire. Two thousand extra police were rushed to the city, 75 kilometres (45 miles) north-east of the capital Delhi. Some of the dead were killed during exchanges with the police. The parliamentarians heard eye-witness accounts of the riots and inspected damaged properties. They saw at first hand the evident axiety of the city's inhabitants. Twenty-eight people have died in communal clashes in Meerut since the start of September. Part of the city is still under curfew and several shops remain shuttered up. The heavily-armed extra police units have stayed on in the city to guard against any further outbreak of violence. Meerut is a town of 400,000 people with a troubled history of communal relations in recent years. And it was here that there Indian Mutiny against British rule broke out in 1857.
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    Film ID:
    VLVAAPUPYZRVXPVXLM9YZYTA18YDX
    Media URN:
    VLVAAPUPYZRVXPVXLM9YZYTA18YDX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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