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From the past pages of dawn: 1967: Fifty years ago: Late news

August 12, 2017

DACCA: According to a Press Note of the Government of East Pakistan issued here tonight [Aug 11] “at the end of a football match at Sitakund in the afternoon of Aug 11, 1967, a large number of boys boarded the 5 Up Rajshahi Express without ticket. They stopped the train by pulling the chain many times between Sitakund and Chinkiastana to get down at their own sweet will.

“When the train arrived at Chinkiastana at 1905 hours about 200 persons attacked the armed Police escort who objected to the stopping of train. The crowd smashed the doors and windows of the train and injured a Policeman who then fired a few rounds in self-defence. Two persons, including one motor driver, died as a result of firing. The crowd then dispersed and normal communication was restored. The Deputy Commissioner and S.P. Chittagong visited the place of occurrence this evening.”

[Meanwhile, as reported by our special representative in Rawalpindi,] the Government of Pakistan today [Aug 11] lodged a strong protest with the Indian Government against the measures the Indian Government was taking to extend the application of Indian laws to the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The protest note, handed over to the Indian Counsellor, who was called to the Foreign Office this morning, urged the Indian Government in straight language “to desist from proceeding with the measures to annex the portions of the disputed state in their occupation”.

The Government of Pakistan, it said, did not recognise the Indian Government’s right to extend the application of Indian laws to the occupied state and “regard[ed] such steps as illegal and contrary to the express injunction contained in the Security Council’s resolution of the 30th March, 1951 and the 24th January, 1957”.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2017