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    Thousands of supporters of the former Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi battled with police?

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    MV PANS Chanting crowd waving fists (3 shots)
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    MVs Demonstrators lying on ground while waving fists (2 shots)
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    GVs Crowd chanting as police look on (3 shots)
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    TVs Police firing tear gas into crowd (4 shots)
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    GVs Crowd in tear gas as police move in (3 shots)
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    GV Mrs. Gandhi's son Sanjay moves through crowd (2 shots)
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    GV Mrs. Indira Gandhi escorted from court and getting into car and driven away (3 shots)
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    GV Crowds looking upwards as Mrs. Gandhi appears on balcony and waves to crowd (6 shots)
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    Mrs. Gandhi had to spend the night of 3-4 October in a Delhi police barracks because she had refused to post personal bail. Magistrate Dayal said in court 4 October the source of the accusations against her had not been disclosed and no evidence had been produced, indicating no reasonable grounds to detain Mrs. Gandhi. On 3 October, charges were brought against at least 20 people, including four leading industrialist. Prime Minister Desai's Home Affairs Minister Charan Singh called a news conference on Tuesday (4 October) to reject allegations that Mrs. Gandhi's arrest was a political vendetta or that the charges had been trumped up. Mr. Singh also denied that her arrest would prejudice the proceedings of the Shah Commission set up to inquire to alleged government excesses during the State of Emergency Mrs. gandhi had imposed when Prime Minister.




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    Background: Thousands of supporters of the former Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi battled with police outside a courthouse in New Delhi on Tuesday (4 October). Police had fired tear gas to disperse the milling crowds, which retaliated with stones and bricks. As they fought, a magistrate freed Mrs. Gandhi from police custody less than 24 hours after her arrest on corruption charges.

    SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi and her Congress Party were convincingly ousted from power in elections last March. But, after keeping a low profile for six months, Mrs. Gandhi had stirred her supporters' feelings with rapturously-received public appearances last month. Then, she was arrested on Monday (3 October) on corruption charges and was detained at a police barracks until she appeared the following morning at the magistrates court.

    The numbers and emotions of her supporters both ran too high for their show of fait to remain peaceful. And, while these battles were taking place, other Gandhi supporters were trying to storm the home of the new Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai. Several hundred of them, hurling stones, broke through a police cordon and reached the gates of Mr. Desai's villa.

    Inside the court, the hearing lasted 90-minutes before the Additional Metropolitan Magistrate, Mr. R. Dayal said there were no grounds to believe the accusation was well-founded. Mrs. Gandhi was released unconditionally. Her son Sanjay emerged first into the melee.

    Then Mrs. Gandhi struggled through the mob with a police escort that was to take her back to her home. Before she left, court officials had said the charges against her still remained. However, her jubilant Congress Party supporters outside were shouting through the din: `Case withdrawn, Case withdrawn.'
    Another huge crowd pressed outside the fence of Mrs. Gandhi's home in central Delhi. Mrs. Gandhi appeared composed for a woman charged only the day before on two charges of corruption, as well as alleged misuse of her powers while in office. The main charge against her allege that, with a government Minister and an official, she awarded an oil-drilling contract worth 17.4 million U.S. dollars (GBP10.17 million to French firm, though a United States firm had quoted only four million dollars (GBP2.29 million sterling).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEID47L0QUR6YGZUEBDSEII3UG
    Media URN:
    VLVAEID47L0QUR6YGZUEBDSEII3UG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1977
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    Unknown
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
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