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SEDITION IN INDIA.

A MADRAS CASE. United Press Association — By Electrio Telegraph — Copyright CALCUTTA, August 18. Ethiraj Surendranath Arya has been sentenced to five years' transportation for seditious speeches at Madras. Mhiraj Surendranath. Arya, one of the most notorious ot the Xsationalist preacners in Madras, was arrested early in' -July- on a charge of sedition. The evidence at the preliminary trial showed that the accused was a native of the presidency, rreviously he had been known simply as Ethiraj, then, apparently, he na<i drifted into Bengal, wnere after a stay ot hye years, more or less, he had been completely saturated with the political .opinions prevailing in Bengal, and he returned to the Madras Presidency and then styled hixnttoli •Etliiiaj tourendranath. Tnen he added the title Arya (native of India) to his name. Recently in Madras the so-oall- i •ed Extremists had started a society called the Chenai Jenna Sangam, of which Ethiraj was a prominent member. This society began systematically to collect subscriptions and to organise and hold meetings, sometimes daily, at $h© Moore Market, and on special occasions on the South Beach. It was in the course of these meetings that Ethiraj delivered the seditious speeches. The meetings were held openly, and police officers and newspaper reporters - were present and took notes. Two other .Madras preachers were arrested in July on charges of sedition, one of them being a University gradu- ' ate who was expelled from a good training college a year ago for taiKing, treason. .During June the Bombay Courts were occupied with charges of sedition against Tilak, a native journalist, and there was a case of sedition in connection with the native college at Aligarh. In July one newspaper editor was sentenced to three yearn' imprisonment in Bombay, and still another iras arrested on a charge of publishing seditious matter.

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SEDITION IN INDIA. Star, Issue 9318, 19 August 1908

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