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Massacre at Jallianwalla Bagh and the Hunter Committee of Inquiry

Posted on : 01 Feb 2020

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  • The massacre at JallianwallaBagh shocked Indians and many Britishers as well. The Secretary of State for India, Edwin Montagu, ordered that a committee of inquiry be formed to investigate the matter.
  • So, on October 14, 1919, the Government of India announced the formation of the Disorders Inquiry Committee, which came to be more widely and variously known as the Hunter Committee/Commission after the name of chairman, Lord William Hunter, former Solicitor-General for Scotland and Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland.
  • The purpose of the commission was to “investigate the recent disturbances in Bombay, Delhi, and Punjab, about their causes, and the measures taken to cope with them”.
  • There were three Indians among the members, namely, Sir ChimanlalHarilalSetalvad, Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University and advocate of the Bombay High Court; PanditJagat Narayan, lawyer and Member of the Legislative Council of the United Provinces; and SardarSahibzada Sultan Ahmad Khan, lawyer from Gwalior State.

Article Related Questions

  1. JallianwallaBagh Massacre shocked Indians and many Britishers as well. The then-Secretary of State for India appointed a committee of inquiry to investigate the matter. In this context, consider the following statements
    1.The committee was known as Disorders Inquiry Committee.
    2.It was exclusively appointed to investigate the case of the JallianwalaBagh Massacre.
    3.It did not include any Indian member.
    Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.1 and 2 only

    3.2 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 2 and 3 only

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