Sanjay attacks Left
Youth Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, in a broadside against the Left, asked where they were when the country was fighting for freedom. Speaking at Behrampore, Gandhi claimed the Left pretends to be a friend of the poor, but at the time of the independence struggle were supporting the British.
Friend called China
India’s ambassador-designate to China, K.R. Narayanan, said normalisation of relations between India and China would have a great impact on international relations. Speaking at a reception given to him by the India-China Friendship Society, Narayanan said he would explore all avenues for “improving and enlarging” the friendship between the people and governments of the two countries. Narayanan said China was a great neighbour of India for “ages past and ages to come”.
The skyjacking drama in Philippines came to a violent end in Zamboanga, southeast of Manila. Philippine troopers shot dead three Muslim skyjackers of a domestic jetliner in a desperate rescue attempt. But 10 hostages died and 22 were injured when a skyjacker threw a grenade at the cockpit setting off a fire. Three other skyjackers were captured. The Philippine Airlines plane, which was seized over Davao city and diverted to Zamboanga by six heavily armed young guerillas, was a total wreck. The skyjackers had demanded $375,000 as ransom and a plane that would fly them out to Libya.
A group of 40 Asians expelled from Malawi arrived in London to be greeted by National Front Party demonstrators calling them to stay out of Britain. The protesters crowding the Gatwick airport arrival hall, told the Asian refugees, “Don’t unpack. You have to go back. This is our country. You don’t belong here.”