HC Deb 09 November 1936 vol 317 cc475-7
1. Duchess of ATHOLL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the numbers of persons killed and injured, respectively, in the communal riots in the various provinces of British India during the year 1935?


With the Noble Lady's permission I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving the information required.

Following is the statement:

STATEMENT showing the numbers of persons killed and injured in communal riots in various provinces in British India during the year 1935.

Killed. Injured.
Bengal 20
Bihar and Orissa 8 12
Bombay* 47 134
Central Provinces 3
Madras 12 75
North-West Frontier Province 1 7
Punjab† 24 188
United Provinces 13 77
Total 105 516
* Karachi riots, 19th March.
† Shahidganj Mosque riots on 20th July and 1st December.
2. Duchess of ATHOLL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will give an account of the recent communal riots in Bombay, stating in particular the number of killed and injured and the material damage caused?


I would refer the Noble Lady to the answer I gave to a question asked by the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. T. Williams) on Thursday, 29th October, to which I have nothing fresh to add. I regret that I have no information as to the amount of material damage caused.

Duchess of ATHOLL

Is the Under-Secretary aware that since he gave that reply, on more than one occasion there have appeared in the Press accounts of further stabbing affrays in Bombay between the different religious communities, and does he not fear that there may be a serious increase in communal disturbances in Bombay if the control of the police is handed over under the new Constitution?


I have seen the accounts in the Press, but when I receive official corroboration I will communicate with the Noble Lady. With regard to the second part of the question, I cannot accept the implications contained therein. I have perfect confidence in the present authorities and in the authorities in future under the new Constitution.

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