Dacca Diary – Dec 18, 1971 by WSJ’s Peter R Kann

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DACCA Diary from InterContinental Hotel by Wall Street Journal’s Peter R Kann Saturday, Dec 18, 1971 Considerable shooting and some killings, especially of Biharis, still continuing. A Bangla Desh victory celebration turns into a bloody spectacle; four West Pakistani sympathizers are tortured and killed. Earlier today Muktis uncovered mass graves of prominent Bengali intellectuals who… Read more »

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Dacca Diary – Dec 17, 1971 by WSJ’s Peter R Kann

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DACCA Diary from InterContinental Hotel by Wall Street Journal’s Peter R Kann Friday, Dec 17, 1971 Chat with the hotel laundry bookkeeper who has emerged as a Mukti police inspector. Turns out he had been Mukti cell leader for InterContinental Hotel staff during past nine months. He had devised an underclothing code. If an agent… Read more »

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Dacca Diary – Dec 16, 1971 by WSJ’s Peter R Kann

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DACCA Diary from InterContinental Hotel by Wall Street Journal’s Peter R Kann Thursday, Dec 16, 1971 At 10.10 a.m. a hotel official walks up: “It’s definite, it’s definite. It’s surrender.” Five minutes later, UN aides in the hotel make it official: “The ultimatum to surrender has been accepted.” Several reporters hitch a ride out to… Read more »

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Dacca Diary – Dec 15, 1971 by WSJ’s Peter R Kann

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DACCA Diary from InterContinental Hotel by Wall Street Journal’s Peter R Kann Wednesday, Dec 15, 1971 Indian air strike during breakfast. Dining room empties in 10 seconds. Whole roomful of half-eaten instant scrambled eggs. The chairman of the Dacca Peace Committee, a key collaborator with the West Pakistanis, arrives at hotel gate and is turned… Read more »

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Dacca Diary – Dec 14, 1971 by WSJ’s Peter R Kann

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DACCA Diary from InterContinental Hotel by Wall Street Journal’s Peter R Kann Tuesday, Dec 14, 1971 By early afternoon it appears that the battle of Dacca is about to begin. Indian MIGs rocket “Government House” – governor’s office – in central city. Two reporters return from several-hour drive southeast of city. They report Indian troops… Read more »

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Dacca Diary – Dec 13, 1971 by WSJ’s Peter R Kann

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DACCA Diary from InterContinental Hotel by Wall Street Journal’s Peter R Kann Monday, Dec 13, 1971 A morning paper announces with bold headline, “Enemy Advance Halted,” but longest article in paper is “Specter of Famine Haunts Upper Volta.” From breakfast room, one can watch hotel employee pulling pieces of ack-ack shrapnel out of the swimming… Read more »

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