An Associated Press dispatch from on the tax resistance campaign in India:
Tax Resisters Cause Trouble
India Government Seizes Movable Property for Non-Payment
Bombay, India, . — With the coming of the rainy season halting attacks of the Indian Nationalists against the Government salt works, the authorities today strengthened their fight against the non-payment of taxes — which has succeeded the salt raids — in two widely-separated areas.
In the Gujerat, where civil disobedience has been widespread since Mahatma Gandhi opened his campaign there , the Government has begun attaching movable property of those who refuse to pay land taxes. The evaders lock their doors and flee when tax collectors appear or hide in the fields, so attachment was resorted to.
To the northeast, in the Punjab, police arrested 17 tax evaders in a village 20 miles from Delhi.
Non-payment of land revenue has long been preached by civil resistance leaders, but until the monsoon brought the rains they were occupied chiefly with salt raids — and the police likewise were occupied with arresting them.
Now they are concentrating on the tax question despite the Viceroy’s ordinance against inciting to non-payment.
The Government campaign was given vigor last week by plans made at a conference of provincial governors.
The Nationalists in Bombay continued processions and demonstrations . When Pandit Motilal Nehru, acting president of the All-Indian National Congress, reached here he led a parade of Nationalists from the Indian quarter to the Congress House.
He was called, it is understood, by the Bombay Congress Committee, which has been pushing the movement for the picketing of foreign cloth shops and liquor places.
When the procession ended the Pandit addressed a mass meeting and emphasized the need for intensifying the boycott programme. He congratulated Bombay and the Gujerat district on the lead they had given to the civil disobedience movement.
Referring to suggestions that the campaign be called off as a preliminary to peace negotiations, he declared that any negotiations must always precede suspension of the movement.
V.J. Patel, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, appealed to the students to give up their studies for twelve months and devote themselves to congress work.