SSC History Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-5

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    What was the immediate reason that resulted in the murder of Rand, the Chairman of the Plague Committee and Lt. Ayerst in 1898?

    A)  Arrest of Bal Gangadhar Tilak for criticizing the government's handling of the plague situation which made the workers of the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha violent

    B)  There was general resentment against the official plague measures

    C)  Manhandling of the workers of the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha by the Police in plague-stricken areas provoked the people

    D)  Some extremist leaders of Maharashtra showed over enthusiasm to enhance the degree of conflict between the British rulers and the Indian People

    Correct Answer: B

    Solution :

    [b] Repressive government actions to control the plague lead the Pune nationalists to criticise the government publicly. On 22 June 1897, the Chapekar brothers, shot and killed Walter Charles Rand, an Indian Civil Services officer acting as Pune Special Plague Committee chairman, and his military escort, Lieutenant Ayerst. The action of the Chapekars was seen as terrorism. The government also found the nationalist press guilty of incitement. Independence activist Bal Gangadhar Tilak was charged with sedition for his writings as editor of the Kesari newspaper. He was sentenced to eighteen months rigorous imprisonment.

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