December 2, Forty Years Ago: Buses burnt in Punjab

Two buses — one belonging to the Punjab Roadways and the other to the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, were set on fire by some activists of the All India Sikh Students Federation (AIS3F) on the campus of Khalsa College in Amritsar. According to police sources, the federation activists hijacked the two buses and drove them inside the college campus. Then they asked the passengers to get down before they set the buses ablaze.

Jayewardene’s meeting
President Junius Jayewardene said he would summon an all-party conference to discuss the proposals that emerged in New Delhi to solve the vexed problem of the Sri Lankan Tamils. The statement said he would first consult political parties in Sri Lanka on the modalities of summoning an all-party conference.

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Demand for release

Six people were killed and about 500 injured when anti-government demonstrators fought pitched battles with heavily armed law-enforcing agencies in Dhaka and Chittagong. At least nine people have so far been killed in police firing. Violence erupted following the demand by political parties for the immediate release of the arrested Opposition leaders, including Begum Khaleda Zia and Hasina Wajed.

Delhi’s crime graph

The capital’s rising crime graph was the subject of an intense debate in the Lok Sabha when the opposition lampooned the police and said the government no longer infused confidence among the people. Citing the recent dacoity in a south Delhi bank, the brazen daylight robbery in the crowded Karol Bagh, and the two bomb explosions in cinema houses, opposition members said the government was incapable of handling the situation.