November 6, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Delhi Akali Violence
Three persons including the president of the Delhi Pradesh Akali Dal, Jathedar Avtar Singh Kohli, died when over a thousand Akalis made a bid to storm the venue of the 31st Nirankari annual samagam at India Gate lawns. The police fired 29 rounds at four diffplaces and lobbed 339 teargas shells to quell the mob violence in which six buses were burnt. Curfew has been imposed in areas bound by Kharag Singh Marg, Connaught Place, Janpath, Raisina Road, Vijay Chowk, Rajya Sabha Marg, Church Road and North Avenue. The jathedar, police said, died of heart attack resulting from tear gas suffocation.
Iran On The Boil
Crowds surged through Teheran, setting fire to cars and smashing shop windows as troops fired in the air and hurled teargas grenades. The violence comes amidst efforts to replace Prime Minister Aatar Sharif-Emami and end anti-government demonstrations. Crowds, egged on by opposition and religious leaders, daily shout slogans against Iran’s ruler, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
An attorney from India who represented R S Nagarwala in the Rs 60-lakh SBI fraud case says he believes his client was killed. The attorney, R K Maheshwari, said his client had told him that he picked up Rs 60 lakh from a bank on the instructions from “the household of Mrs Gandhi” in 1971 when she was prime minister. Nagarwala was arrested with the money on May 24, 1971. He pleaded guilty of defrauding the bank and on May 27, was sentenced to five years in prison.
A cricket match between India and Punjab, Pakistan started following mediation by Pakistan federal minister, Javed Hashmi. The Bishan Bedi-led Indian team had decided to boycott all tour matches to protest the bowling of bumpers by Sarfraz Nawaz at the Sahiwal one-day international.