§ 7. Captain EDEN
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give any further information about the recent attack on Datta Khel and an adjacent fort, particularly as to the numbers engaged on both sides and the composition of the defending troops?
§ Mr. BENN
Datta Khel and the adjacent post Boya were attacked on the 11th May by lashkars of Wazir tribesmen originally estimated at 500 and 400 respectively, but it was subsequently stated that these lashkars numbered about 4,000 and 1,200. From the information at my disposal Datta, Khel is garrisoned by four platoons of the Tochi Scouts and Boya by two platoons of these Scouts. With the help of bombing by aircraft the attacks were successfully repulsed, and on the approach of the Razmak Movable Column on the 15th May the enemy withdrew.
§ Captain EDEN
Can the Secretary of State say why the gallantry and loyalty of these troops have not been publicly referred to and acknowledged, and can he say whether any presentation has been made to the Indian officer in charge of the fort?
Is it not the case that the scouts under this young Indian officer displayed the greatest gallantry in repulsing overwhelming forces? Does the right hon. Gentleman not think it would be proper for him also to make some acknowledgment of their gallantry?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Is not the conduct of this gallant Indian officer very typical of the efficiency of the Indian officers of the Indian army?