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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 64-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 15, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Bangladesh leader slain

Military takes over
in pre-dawn coup
NEW DELHI, India (A) - The led to independence.
armed forces of Bangladesh
staged a predawn coup today, AFTER independence, he was
ousting President Mujibur Rah- given lesser cabinet posts fol-
man from the leadership of the lowing accusations that, while
country he led to independence serving as foreign minister dur-
four years ago, Western diplo- ing the civil war, he had par-
matic sources reported. ticipated in U.S-initiated diplo-
matic attempts to prevent the
Indian monitors said Radio of Pakistan, then the
Bangladesh reported Sheik Mu- hek Paksate h
world's most populous Moslem
jib was killed in the coup. The nation
report could not be confirmed.
Within three hours of the coup
THE DIPLOMATIC sources Ahmed went on Radio Bangla-
said the military struck at desh.
5:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m. yesterday
EDT-by arresting Sheik Mujib He made a brief address in
and then installing as the new the Bengali language, urging
president one of his former "all the peace-loving country-
close associates, Khondar Mush- men to do your duty and co-
taque Ahmed. operate with the new govern-
ment."
Bangladesh is the former East
Pakistan. It came into being as HE ALSO urged the armed
a result of months of civil con- forces, the police and paramili-
flict that led to war in Decem- tary organizations set up by the
ber 1971 between India and old government to cooperate
Pakistan. with him. Ahmed then asked
insur- foreign governments to extend
Sheik Mujib, a former diplomatic recognitio to his
ance salesman who began the
autonomy movement in the late n.
195tls, was idolized as the father Maj. Dalim announced impo-
of the nation. sition of a 24-hour curfew and
said: "Brothers and sisters, co-
DIPLOMATIC reports reach- operate with us, remain calm
ing New Delhi said there was and stay at home."
sporadic fighting around Dacca, United News of India, a news
the capital, in the initial stage agency, reported from the capi-
of the coup. The reports said tal of Bangladesh shortly after
that two hours later, "by and the coup that everything was
large everything is quiet." calm in Dacca and there was no
The initial fragmentary re- indications of any opposition to
ports indicated the coup might the new rulers.
have been arranged by pro- Tanks guarded roads to the
Western political and military residence of Sheik Mujib and
forces. Ahmed was considered patrolled the main streets of
a member of a group critical of Dacca.
Sheik Mujib's attempts to steer There was no immediate reac-
Bangladesh close to India and tion to the coup from India,
the Soviet Union. whose prime minister, Indira
Ahmed serve as foreign min- Gandhi, had backed Sheik Mujib
ister of the provisional Bangla- first in his independence cam-
desh revolutionary government paign and then as leader of
during the 171 civil war that Bangladesh
Ford to veto extension
of oil price controls
VAIL, Colo. iI-President Ford made a final decision
yesterday to veto a bill extending oil price controls and
will announce "at least one measure to soften the eco-
nomic impact" of decontrol, White House aides said.
One administration official said earlier in the .day
that Ford probably will lift the $2 per barrel fee on im-
ported oil at the same time oil price controls expire
Aug. 31.
REMOVAL OF the import fee presumably would ease the
financial impact of the oil price control expiration. The two
actions together probably would result in "a tiny increase in the
price of gasoline-maybe one or two cents per gallon at the most,"
said Roger Sant, an assistant administrator of the Federal Energy
See FORD, Page 6

AP Photo
Claws.
Cato, a 475 pound North American bear waves his paws and his claws as he steps in for a re-
freshing dip at the Warner Brothers Jungle Habitat in West Milfor, New Jersey yesterday.
700 OUT ON STRIKE:
Garbage workers hit
Detroit w ith walkout

DETROIT (UPI) - The 700
sanitation truck drivers in De-
troit made good their strike
threat last night, walking off
the job and leaving city resi-
dents to face a pileup of gar-
bage.
The strike by members of
Teamsters Local 214-expected
to be honored by the other 500
members of the local, including
meter maids, dog catchers and
health inspectors-came after a
futile attempt by city officials
to seek a court injunction.
A WAYNE County Circuit
Court judge refused yesterday
to issue an injunction against
the strike, but ordered both
sides to be in court Monday,
unless a settlement was reach-

ed by then.
Local President Joseph Va-
lenti said the dispute centers
on seniority provisions. He said
the city's provisions would re-
sult in layoffs of veteran sani-
tation truck drivers hired from
the outside while drivers pro-
moted from laborers' jobs would
be kept on the trucks.
"The city is forcing us into
the strike by making impossible
demands," Valenti said.
IN AN UNUSUAL develop-
ment, both sides filed unfair
labor practices charges with the
Michigan Employment Relations
Commission.
Normally, such an action is
reserved to unions but Mark
Ulciny, city labor relations di-

rector, said a 1973 state law
gives management the right to
take similar action against a
union.
Ulciny said union officials re-
neged on a tentative agreement
reached last month because
they said they could not live
with the seniority rule govern-
ing layoffs.
The rules states that a city
employe promoted to a higher
paying job can count all of his
city employment time as senior-
ity in the new position after
passing a 90 day probation per-
iod. Valenti said the rule caused
veteran truck drivers to be laid
off last spring while other men
with much less time as drivers
but many years as laborers
were kept on the job.

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