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From the Archives (May 20, 1919): Disturbed Punjab.

The Indian Association [in Calcutta] has adopted a resolution protesting against the action of the military authorities in the Punjab in depriving the accused persons of the right of being defended by counsel of their choice, by refusing the latter permission to enter martial law area. The President of the Indian Association has sent the following cablegram to Mr. Montagu and Lord Sinha: At Lahore editor and others are awaiting trial for alleged offences punishable with death and transportation. They engaged Messrs. Norton, Roy and Chatterjee, three Calcutta Barristers, but the military authorities refused the latter permission to enter martial law area from outside the province. This order will prejudice the defence as the accused not having confidence in the local bar, are deprived of the help of a counsel of their choice. The Indian Association, Calcutta, solicit immediate intervention for interests of justice. A similar message was also wired to the Viceroy.

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