§ MR. O'GRADY (Leeds, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he can assure the House that the circular issued on 12th May by the Government of Eastern Bengal and Assam, signed by Mr. Lyon, the Chief Secretary, restores the liberty that the people of the province possessed of public processions and public meetings; and whether he can assure the House that Swadeshi meetings, public or private, are in no danger of interference by the local officials or police.
§ MR. MORLEY
I stated in reply to a Question on the 24th of May † that the Lieutenant-Governor had withdrawn all restrictions on processions and public meetings imposed by previous orders; and the only restrictions that now remain are those imposed by the ordinary law, which gives to the district police authorities the duty of regulating and licensing public assemblies and processions. These powers will only be used to stay actual or imminent breach of the peace.
§ MR. O'GRADY
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the effect of the issue of this circular has been to create a bitter feeling between the Mahommedan and Buddhist people?
§ [No Answer was returned.]