§ SIR MANCHERJEE BHOWNAGGREE (Bethnal Green, N.E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if the expected dispatch from the Government of Bombay on the riots which took place in that city in the beginning of March has been received; whether, if such a dispatch is received, he will state the particulars contained in it, especially as regards the origin of the riots; and whether he will place the dispatch upon the Table of the House?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA
(1) The dispatch to which my honourable Friend refers has been received. (2) The Bombay Government are of opinion that the riots were not the result of political agitation, nor deliberately planned, but were merely a sudden ebullition of disorder among an uneducated and fanatical section of the community. They add that the leading representatives of all classes have exerted themselves to allay excitement. (3) The dispatch and its enclosures will be included in the next set of plague Papers laid upon the Table.