Daily American

June 29 1971

Pakistan reported attacking Hindus

By Arnold Zeitlin

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DACCA. June 28 (AP). The Pakistan army attacked at least five villages within 30 miles of Dacca in the past four days, killing Hindu men and burning homes and markets in pre-dawn raids, reliable sources said here, today.

The disclosure came after this correspondent arrived at one village, Boliadi, having passed an army column leaving the place and seen dead Hindu men and burning bazaar and houses. The commanding officer, who identified himself as Maj. Omar and refused to identify his outfit, called the operation a "routine patrol."

For more than an hour this correspondent was in the village he heard rifle fire and saw columns of smoke coming from nearby villages which local Moslem residents said included Kaliakhair, Chapair, Kuripara, and Bhringraj, all within six mile radius of Boliadi, home of East Pakistans Moslem Chief Justice B.A. Siddiky. Residents said the raids started on Friday — the day after the arrival of a four member delegation of British parliamentarians investigating conditions in Pakistan and India.

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