HC Deb 21 April 1890 vol 343 cc963-4

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the Secretary of State has obtained or can obtain, any Report regarding the military aspects of the case in which a soldier named O'Hara and another were tried for the murder of a native, and the state of discipline disclosed at the trial in a cantonment in the immediate neighbourhood of Calcutta, where a party of soldiers, after drinking in the canteen, broke out of barracks with their rifles and ammunition, and after various outrages in search of drink, mortally wounded a native who failed to supply them; and then, after spending some hours of a fine moonlight night plundering liquor, firing rifles in a wanton way, and conducting themselves in a drunken and outrageous manner, impressed a cart, and in that conveyance openly came home by the high road and reentered barracks; whether he has observed that neither at the time did the Military Authorities interfere, nor for weeks after was anything done to identify the soldiers, and when, later, in response to an offer by the magistrate of pardon and reward one of the soldiers testified against the others, his evidence was so uncorroborated that eventually the High Court acquitted and discharged the accused, and justice has altogether failed; and whether, in communicating with the Military Authorities, the Secretary of State will inquire into the whole matter as a question of military discipline?


No Report has been received by the Secretary of State, but he will call for one from the Government of India.