Suppression of Disorder (Use of Aircraft)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I have nothing material to add to the official statements made in the Indian Legislature last week and reported here in the Press, to the effect that during the recent disturbances mobs were five times machine-gunned from the air, and that after an aeroplane crash which occurred on 18th September in Bihar in which the pilot was killed the crew of the aircraft were murdered by a mob. It was found necessary to use aircraft to check sabotage by mobs in areas in which the movement of troops on the ground was hampered both by widespread interruption of the railways and by exceptional flood conditions. The measures taken by the Government of India to restore order in circumstances, the seriousness of which is I think still imperfectly appreciated in this country, have my full support and I am not prepared to interfere with the Viceroy's discretion in this matter.