INDIA: Broken Feet

The fertile Satara district of Bombay Presidency was gripped by fear. Bands of terrorists, who had proclaimed an underground patri sarka (government of broken feet) in opposition to the Raj, terrorized and looted for 14 months. In the villages, their "courts" executed eight suspected informers, medievally mutilated another 74. Last week 1,500 Bombay police had finally shattered the reign of dread, arrested one of its principal leaders.

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