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By Hugh J. M. Johnston

In could 1914, four hundred Sikhs left for British Columbia via chartered send, resolved to assert their correct to equivalent remedy with white electorate of the British Empire and strength access into Canada. They have been anchored off Vancouver for over months, enduring severe actual privation and harrassment by means of immigration officers, yet defying federal deportation orders even if the Canadian govt tried to implement them with a gunboat. The leaders of the crowd, who have been considered heavily linked to the nationalist, terrorist flow in India, have been eventually persuaded to come back to India. They have been via then filled with innovative fervour opposed to the Raj. On their disembarkation at Calcutta, troops opened hearth whereas trying to regulate the passengers, and a few them have been killed. the development, which had already raised loads of curiosity and drawback one of the governments of India and Canada, was once now invested for Indian nationalists with a sad importance which might be in comparison to that of Jallianwallah Bagh, whereas Gurdit Singh, the chief, used to be acclaimed as a heroic progressive determine via eminent Congressmen.

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