A leading pro-government Sikh, Harbans Singh Manchanda, was given a martyr's funeral in Delhi on March 29.
GV Manchanda's body being brought home, surrounded by chanting Sikhs.
GV Mrs Gandhi mourning, funeral wreath put on body, Mrs Gandhi kneeling by body, all in white. (4 SHOTS)
GV Funeral procession arriving at Gurdware Sis Ganj in Old Delhi, people waiting for body to arrive.
GV Sign 'Place of Martyrdom Guru Tegh Bahadur'.
GV PULL BACK TO LV Body arriving on truck.
GV Wreaths and flowers held by crowd, garlands thrown. (3 SHOTS)
GV Body placed on pyre, carried shoulder high through crowd. (2 SHOTS)
GV People lighting pyre, fire starting. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: A leading pro-government Sikh, Harbans Singh Manchanda, was given a martyr's funeral in Delhi on March 29. Mr. Manchanda was killed by young Sikh gunmen in the centre of Delhi the previous day. Extremist violence between Hindus and Sikhs has claimed more than 100 victims in the Punjab, in the past six weeks, but Delhi had been mainly free from attacks. The Home Minister, Mr. P.G. Sethi, told parliament that measures had been taken to protect other Sikh moderate. Mr. Manchanda had been considered a supporter of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, a Hindu. He had only recently called upon Sikh extremist leader, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, to leave the sacred Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, and to fight his battles from outside the temple. Mr. Bhindranwale is campaigning for greater political and religious concessions in the Punjab, home of 12 million Sikhs. Six months ago the Punjab was placed under direct rule from Delhi and violence escalated. Mrs Gandhi has stated she will not yield to violence but a negotiated solution does not seem imminent . Mrs Gandhi paid homage to Mr. Manchanda at his father's hone in Delhi. The body was then carried to Gurdware Sis Ganj on old Delhi, the state of the martyrdom of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur.