HC Deb 12 May 1908 vol 188 c916

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the statement of Mr. Lyon, Chief Secretary of the Eastern Bengal and Assam Legislative Council, admitting the cost of quartering punitive police at different places in the Province on those responsible for the recent disturbances; and whether, in view of the fact that such disturbances were connected with a peaceful movement known as the Swadeshi movement, and that the disturbances arose through an attack engineered and carried into effect by those opposed to Swadeshi, steps will be taken in future to allocate the blame and costs for the quartering of punitive police to that section of the community responsible for such attacks and disturbances.


I have seen a newspaper report of the statement to which I understand the hon. Member to refer. The Secretary of State has no reason to suppose that the cost of the punitive police has been apportioned otherwise than in accordance with the principle suggested in the last sentence of the Question.