The situation appeared normal in Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh on Monday (8 September) almost four weeks after the bloody coup that wiped out the country's leader -- Sheik Mujibur Rahman and most of his family.
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Background: The situation appeared normal in Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh on Monday (8 September) almost four weeks after the bloody coup that wiped out the country's leader -- Sheik Mujibur Rahman and most of his family.
The markets were busy with stall holders doing a thriving trade, and Government officials insisting that everything was now calm following the brief burst of violence that left the nation's first family dead in a hail of machine gun fire.
But according to reports from Dacca surface appearances are deceptive ... beneath the hustle and bustle of the market place, the city remains in a high state of tension as military factions jostle for power in the aftermath of Sheik Mujibur's death.
But the Government claims that the people are generally happy with the number of "popular" actions taken by it. These are said to include the rationalisation of the wage structure and the road building and construction programme -- carried out by the people.
The Armed Forces are still guarding key installations including the Presidential Palace with tanks and artillery units.
There appears to be plenty of food available in the markets, but Bangladesh has already appealed to the United States for 200 thousand tons of food grain. And America has pledged top priority for the fledgling nation that was born out of civil war and has since suffered appalling starvation.