§ Mr. G. HALL
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that Thakin Ba Thaung, a candidate for the Legislative Assembly of Burma at the recent by-election, was, with three other Burmans who had helped him in the election, ordered by the district magistrate to leave the district on the day following the election; that they were arrested and sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour by the special power magistrate of Shwebo and, on being transferred to Mandalay Central Gaol, three of them, Thakin Ba Thaung, Thakin Thein Maung, and Thakin Ba Sein, were beaten and abused, and afterwards went on hunger strike; and, as the High Court has set aside the said order of the district magistrate, whether the sentences of imprisonment will also be set aside?
§ Sir S. HOARE
Thakin Ba Thaung and his colleagues were sentenced as stated for refusing to obey the order of the Deputy-Commissioner. The order was subsequently set aside and the sentences quashed by the High Court. I have no information on the other points raised by the hon. Member.