HC Deb 14 December 1916 vol 88 cc926-7W

asked the Secretary of State for India why no official report has been issued of a mutiny or insurrection alleged to have been attempted in India a couple of years ago, of which particulars published in America have been repeated in this country; whether in connection with the attempt fifty-one persons have been found guilty of offences punishable by death; will he state what those offences were; what was the constitution of the Courts: whether the accused were allowed counsel of their own choosing; how many persons were executed and how many sent to penal servitude in pursuance of sentences of those Courts; and how many of the latter have since died?


The hon. Member is probably thinking of the conspiracy case trial at Lahore in 1915, particulars of which were published in the Lahore newspapers more than a year ago. The trial was before a special tribunal, constituted under the Defence of India Act, the accused being represented by counsel by their own choosing. Twenty-four persons were sentenced to death and twenty-seven to transportation for life for attempt to wage war against the King. Seventeen of the death sentences were commuted, and seven persons hanged. I have not heard of any deaths among the convicts sentenced to transportation.