THE HINDU RIOT
OF RETURNED EMIGRANTS BACK FROM CANADA. RESULTS OF THE INQUIRY. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright DELHI. .January 15. (Received January 16. at 12.15 p.m.) The report of the committee appointed to inquire into the Komagata, Marti voyage and the subsequent riot when the natives returned to Calcutta have published their report. * The coni in it lee find that the immigrants proceeded to Vancouver in the belief that, they would be allowed to land. Though their loaders were aware of the Canadian law, they deliberately misled the others. The committee were precluded fnra dis-cus-sing Canada’s immigration law or the, action of the Vancouver -authorities. The report indicates that at various stages of the return voyage successful efforts wore made to establish a revolutionary organisation outside of India to promote disaffection among the natives, many of whom were in a dangerous state of mind on leaving Vancouver, and intended to cause (rouble in India, on their return. On the arrival of the ship Hooghli the returned emigrants were directed to proceed direct to their homes from Budge, .an outlying station near Calcutta. Ihe Indians refused, bait n loree oi military and police induced them to return. While, train arrangements for their transport were being made, (lie emigrants, without any cause, fired on their police escort. The report shows that the Indians had a number of weapons concealed, ready for immediate use. The troops then fired ami ' .tied numbers, dispersing the rest, all of vthoni were subsequently arrested.
The committee commend the action of the police officers, and say that the. Rental (loverninent were justified in prohibiting the men from entering Calcutta. The Ind’.'in (loverninent express satisfaction with the committee's report, and regret that their motives were misunderstood. and that an unfortunate loss of life, occurred, it. is not intended to prosecute the men who were released, save the ringleaders. who are being do.taiucd ■ for the present.
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THE HINDU RIOT, Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915