The Bangladesh Government would put on trial all Pakistanis who were charged with war crimes, the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reaffirmed on Monday (10 April).
GV & CU Women and children queueing (2 shots)
MV Refugees outside tents (2 shots)
SCU PAN..Men carrying belongings into camp
MV & GV Refugee tent camp (2 shots)
CU Man and girl speaking
SOUND STARTS: "The people want......"
SOUND ENDS: ".... it is very difficult"
GV Refugees queueing for food
MV PAN..refugees with containers for food
MV Lane between rows of tents
CU & MV Children (3 shots)
SCU Man pumping water and scuffle for water (2 shots)
CU Woman holding child
SCU Woman refugee
BIAHRI MAN: "The people want repatriation because they are in risk of their lives and have no jobs and no permanent shelter".
REPORTER: "What do you mean "repatriation"? Where do they want to go?"
BIHARI MAN: "They want to go to Pakistan."
BIHARI WOMAN: "I want to go any place. (indistinct). I am alone and it is very difficult. (indistinct). I am alone and it is very difficult."
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This film report is concerned with one Bihari camp near Dacca.
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Background: The Bangladesh Government would put on trial all Pakistanis who were charged with war crimes, the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reaffirmed on Monday (10 April). He rejected suggestions from Pakistan for an exchange of the alleged war criminals for Bengalis stranded in Pakistan. The Prime Minister has said that he is negotiating for the release of Bengalis in Pakistan, but maintains there will be no contact with the Pakistani Government until it recognises Bangladesh.
In addition to Pakistanis accused of war crimes, Biharis are also alleged to have committed atrocities, but it is not clear whether they will also be tried. The Biharis, many of whom came from the Indian state of Bihar, are accused of collaborating with Pakistan during the November Indo-Pakistan war. There are a million of them in Bangladesh, and most live in ill-equipped camps. If it were not for the International Red Cross, it is possible they would receive no food or water. Many wish to be repatriated to Pakistan, but no such arrangement is possible in the near future because of the political situation.