September 28, 1981, forty years ago: clashes in Tehran



Several armed protests against Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s regime erupted in Tehran, leaving at least seven dead and more than 40 injured, and forcing a strict security crackdown in the Iranian capital. Security measures, which originally affected only three chaos-stricken areas, quickly spread to government offices, parliament and the presidency in Tehran. Members of the People’s Mojahedin distributed leaflets and torched seven buses. Intense exchanges of gunfire ensued as a huge contingent of Revolutionary Guards arrived. The state-run Pars news agency blamed the clashes on “three groups of 10-20 people belonging to the People’s Mojahedin and other pro-American groups.”

Border tensions

Tension along the Indo-Bangla border in southern Tripura increased as more tribal refugees flocked with reports of depredations in tribal areas and further clashes between Bangladesh security forces and Shanti. Bahini, the armed insurgent group of Chakma Buddhist rebels in the Chittagong Hills. The number of refugees who crossed the border on September 27 has passed the 10,000 mark according to officials of the Border Security Force.

Fights in Congress

Fist fights marked a meeting of the Bihar Congress (1) at its Patna headquarters in Sadaquat Ashram. The meeting was addressed, among others, by Rajendra Kumari Bajpai, a Secretary General of AICC-1, Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and Minister of Railways Kedar Pandey. Bajpai had to leave the meeting before the close. A few people were injured during the meeting. Different groups alleged that the goondas were brought in by the other group. Before the start of the meeting, Vidyakar Ravi, former minister and dissident leader, wanted to know who were all eligible to attend the meeting. This resulted in shouting and counter-shouting.


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