HC Deb 26 November 1906 vol 165 c1200
SIR H. COTTON (Nottingham, E.)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that at Madaripore and at Serajgunge, in the newly-created province of Eastern Bengal, the deputy magistrates in charge of these subdivisions have been taking an active part in demonstrations in favour of maintaining the present scheme of partition; whether he is aware that popular irritation has been caused thereby; and seeing that it is against Government rules for a Government officer to take sides in a political controversy, and that the rule has been rigidly enforced in the case of anti-partition demonstrations, will he take steps to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) I have no information as to the facts of the cases mentioned, but I have no doubt the local government will take whatever steps may be necessary to enforce, in all cases, the rule to which the Question refers.