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The Coercion Bills. The Country’s Protest.

Reports have been received of a number of public meetings from all parts of the country protesting against the introduction of Rowlatt Bills in the Imperial Legislative Council. [At the Imperial Council in New Delhi on February 5] – Notice of the following further amendments to the Rowlatt Bills has been given in addition to the one already given by Mr. Patel. Mr. Surendra Nath Banerjee will move that in the motion for referring the Bill to a select committee for the words “on or before the 6th of March 1919”, the words “within six weeks after the passing in Parliament of the Reform Bill to be introduced to give effect to the Montagu-Chelmsford report”, be substituted. Mr. K.K. Chanda will move that the motion for referring the Bill to a select committee do stand over till the Simla Session of the Council. He will also move that the Select Committee do report to the Council during the Simla Session. [At the Bombay Congress Committee] – The Council of the Bombay Provincial Congress Committee have passed a resolution emphatically protesting against the introduction of the Criminal Law Amendment Bills which propose to give unheard of powers of most dangerous description involving unwarrantable and unnecessary interference with the people’s fundamental rights.

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