The opposition Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called a partially successful strike in New Delhi on October 10 in protest at the recent murder of eight Hindus in Punjab state by Sikh extremists.
TRACKING SHOT & GVs Closed shops. (4 SHOTS)
SV Police on horseback.
GV Police with riot gear.
GV PAN Crowds outside closed shops listening to speech. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowds chant and march as riot police advance. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The opposition Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called a partially successful strike in New Delhi on October 10 in protest at the recent murder of eight Hindus in Punjab state by Sikh extremists. Mounted police and security forces patrolled the streets in the old quarter of the city. The Press Trust of India said traffic was normal and most offices were open, although many Hindu shops and businesses were closed. Schools in the capital shut down as a precaution against possible violence. After the violence in the Punjab, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi dissolved her own party's state government and assumed direct control of the region through the Disturbed Areas Act. Several thousand para-military and police reinforcements were ordered into Punjab with emergency powers to shoot troublemakers on sight, arrest anyone and search and building in the wealthy farming state. Diplomats say that the prime minister's decision was partly motivated by fears that the militant Sikh party, the Akali Dal, had been infiltrated by subversive groups and was receiving aid from sources in Pakistan. More than 200 people have died during the last 14-months as the campaign to wrest religious concessions and greater autonomy for Sikhs has increased.