At least eleven people were killed and sixty injured in renewed violence in Punjab state on February 14.
APRIL 4, 1983 (VISLIB)
GV & SV Punjabi police use teargas and batons to disperse demonstrators. Crowds throwing rocks as trucks move along road. (5 SHOTS)
NEW DELHI FEBRUARY 14, 1984 (PRAKASH)
GV EXTERIOR Parliament annex building in New Delhi.
SV INTERIOR Ministers and Akali Dal leaders pose for photographers.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Newsmen film Akali Dal leaders seated at table.
SV Indian Government Ministers.
CU Mr. Vaj Payee (left) and Jagjivan Ram seated (opposition leaders).
CU Mr. Charanjit Yadav seated (opposition leader).
SV ZOOM INTO CU Prakash Chandra Sethi (Minister for Home Affairs).
SV Minister for Energy P. Shiv Shankar and Minister of Finance Pranab Kumar Mukherjee.
SV Akali Dal leaders.
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Background: At least eleven people were killed and sixty injured in renewed violence in Punjab state on February 14. The clashes between Hindu and Sikh extremists flared up as tripartite talks resumed in New Delhi between Mrs Gandhi's government, the Indian opposition and the main Sikh party, the Akali Dal. The negotiations, which began on February 13 were designed to settle the problem of Sikh demands for more political and religious autonomy in Punjab. Mrs Gandhi's offer of talks a few days before the renewed outbreak of violence, and the peaceful nature of a strike by Sikhs on February 8, had brought renewed hope for an end to the violence which has claimed more than five hundred lives in two years. One of the worst clashes in Punjab state occurred on April 4 last year, when more than twenty people were killed and two hundred injured. With Mrs Indira Gandhi away for the funeral of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, the tripartite talks on February 13 and 14 were led by India's Minister for Home Affairs, Prakash Chandra Sethi. Representatives considered a number of Sikh demands, which included a greater share of the river waters flowing through the Punjab and the integration into the state of Punjabi-speaking areas in neighbouring states. But renewed outbreaks of violence in the region cast doubt on prospects for a negotiated settlement. President of the Akali Dal party Harchand Singh Longowal said the violence was an attempt to disrupt the peace talks.