HC Deb 19 November 1908 vol 196 cc1395-6
MR. O'GRADY (Leeds, E.)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that a number of students of geology from the Presidency College, Calcutta, went for practical training to the Singhbhum district under Professor Das Gupta, and at Chaibasa were taken by Mr. Carey, the district magistrate, for a band of Anarchists, and, despite the explanation of the professor as to the purpose of the students, a cordon of police was placed round the Zilla school, and the names, addresses and thumb prints of the students demanded; and whether, in view of the fact that every year these students makes a short tour during the Poojah recess for practical training at the expense of the Government, he will suggest to the Government the necessity of the district magistrates in particular being informed of the practice of the Presidency College respecting its students, so that such annoyance and disgrace may not again be perpetrated.


The Secretary of State has no knowledge of the incident referred to. If the facts are as stated, the college authorities will no doubt, take whatever action is necessary.