A 30-hour ordeal for 64 passengers and a crew of six of the skyjacked Indian Airlines Boeing 737 ended when they flew in to Delhi from Lahore. The passengers and crew were rescued around midnight after an artful manoeuvre by Pakistani security and police personnel whose handling of a difficult situation earned them the praise and gratitude of the hostages. After prolonged negotiations with the skyjackers, the Pakistani authorities achieved the objective by inveigling the leader of the skyjackers into leaving the plane and overpowering his five accomplices in a lightning raid by police officers, eyewitnesses said. The plane with 77 passengers on board was on a routine flight to Bombay from Delhi when it was skyjacked to Lahore. It all started five to 10 minutes after take off when a bearded man in white kurta stood up, carrying a pistol of 18th century vintage, and ordered: “Hands up, no movement.” One of the skyjackers forced the pilot into the toilet and locked him up and ordered the co-pilot at pistol point to divert the plane, a passenger, Chitra Krishnaswamy, recounted.
It’s Now AIADMK
The Anna DMK decided to redesignate itself as All India Anna DMK Party. The general council of the party approved amendments to the party constitution in this regard.
Grief-stricken Chinese shuffled by the body of Chairman Mao Zedong in the Great Hall of the People as the country began eight days of official mourning ceremonies for its communist leader. Heads bowed, selected workers, peasants and soldiers had queued up from dawn in Tienanmen Square (Square of Heavenly Peace) to pay tribute to Mao. At 10a.m. local time the glass doors of the cavernous Great Hall were pulled open and the first mourners slowly climbed the steps. The lying-in-state was hidden from foreign eyes and Peking was sealed off by the police and young militiamen. Journalist were allowed to drive past but not given permission to stop.