CALCUTTA, March 5, 1929 (UP) - Mahatma Gandhi, long the religious leader of a greater part of India, was arrested today after crowds had tossed bricks and had burned pyres while he was espousing the boycott of all foreign cloth.
The meeting was held in Mirazapur Park. Gandhi and other Nationalist leaders, who long have proclaimed a national independence for India, were scheduled to have the important part in the meeting. Gandhi was the principal speaker.
The slightly emaciated and stooped religious leader went to the front of the platform and started a fiery speech in favor of boycotting all the imported cloths. There were boos against the idea.
Shortly afterwards, someone started to burn a number of bales of imported cloth which were in front of the platform. Police attempted to extinguish the flames, but the more ardent anti-Gandhists started tossing stones and bricks. Four European police sergeants and several Indian constables were hurt in the ensuing fray.
Gandhi and several of his leaders were arrested.
Police finally restored order, but it was feared there might be further violence.
Gandhi later was released on bail and permitted to depart for Burma. He will be tried when he returns. It is believed that the government permitted his departure for fear of serious consequences if they kept the Nationalist leader imprisoned pending his trial.