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The World : Gandhi Warns Terrorists

July 08, 1985

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi warned that he would impose a state of emergency in India--sharply limiting individual freedom--if such a step became necessary to halt violence and terrorism. Gandhi was asked at a news conference about the crash of an Air-India jumbo jet in the Atlantic on June 23 that killed 329 people. Two Sikh organizations that seek a separate nation in the Punjab reportedly have said they planted a bomb on the plane. Gandhi called for tough international action to deal with terrorism and strongly defended the authoritarian methods used by his late mother, Indira Gandhi, to quell unrest in 1975 when she was prime minister.

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