The Defence Act Case. Sentences Awarded.

Judgment was delivered by the District Magistrate to-day [in Rangoon, on October 14] in the case in which four men, Bhumani, Mehta, Murti and Rao were found guilty of attempting to persuade coolies from going to their work of loading ships in the harbour unless they get two rupees a day, the loading of ships in Rangoon at that time being certified by the Government as necessary to the successful prosecution of the war. The Magistrate held there was no evidence to justify any of the defence allegations, namely, that it was a false case brought to gratify private hatred and the accused’s objects were to prevent the coolies being ill-treated. All the accused were found guilty and sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment. The first accused was a member of the Social Service League and the others were connected with it.

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