A hundred years ago | April 4, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (April 4, 1919): The Delhi Tragedy. Mr. Gandhi’s Statement.

Mr. M.K. Gandhi, who arrived here this morning [Bombay on April 4], has written the following letter to the press: It is alleged against the Delhi people assembled at the Delhi Railway Station: (1) That some of them were trying to coerce sweetmeat sellers into closing their stalls. (2) That some were forcibly preventing people from plying tramcars and other vehicles. (3) That some of them threw brickbats. (4) That the whole crowd that marched to the station demanded the release of men who were said to be coercers and who were for that reason arrested at the instance of the railway authorities. (5) That the crowd declined to disperse when the Magistrate gave orders to disperse. I have read Sanyasi Swami Shradhanandji’s account of the tragedy. I am bound to accept it as true unless it is authoritatively proved to be otherwise and his account seems to me to deny the allegations 1, 2 and 3. But assuming the truth of all allegations it does appear to me that the local authorities in Delhi have made use of a Nasmyth hammer to crush a fly.

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