§ Sir R. CRADDOCK
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any detailed information regarding the rioting which occurred at or near Allahabad on Friday, 8th April; and whether the police force of that city has been reduced this year and to what extent?
§ Sir S. HOARE
My information shows that a considerable disturbance occurred in Allahabad on the evening of 8th April, arising out of an attempt by a Congress procession to enter the civil lines. The police were assailed with stones and brickbats for some hours and suffered several casualties. It was necessary to disperse the procession and crowd by force, and two rounds of buckshot were fired. Another procession on 9th April resulted in a renewal of disturbances. Owing to continuous stone and brick throwing, resort was had to firing, and 30 rounds were discharged. Two persons were killed and about 20 injured. As regards the second part of the question, I have asked for information regarding the strength of the police forces in the United Provinces, but have not yet received it.