In August of 1897, the case of Dr. Clarke and the British government vs. MGA. Lekh Ram had died just a few months earlier, and it seemed like some fanatical Ahmadi’s had planned the murder. Nevertheless, a few months later, Abdul Hameed showed up at Dr. Clarke’s location in Amritsar in the guise of wanting to convert to Christianity. Soon after showing up, he confessed that MGA had sent him to murder Dr. Clarke. However, after the case started, and trial began, Abdul Hameed seemed to have totally recanted the story and blamed the Christians at Amritsar and Beas for scaring him into such a testimony, i.e. that MGA sent him to commit murder. In the below, we have extracted Mr. Le Marchand’s interview with Abdul Hameed, via Ahmadi sources. We found this testimony in MGA’s book,. “kitab ul Barriya” (1897), in a Lahori-Ahmadi translation, pages 194-195. Mr. Lemarchand gave the testimony, which enabled MGA to be exonerated in this serious case. MGA mentions this also in Lecture Ludhiana, see page 30.
Statement of Mr. Lemarchand, District Superintendent Police, on solemn affirmation, 20th August 1897
On the 13th the District Magistrate told me that he was not completely satisfied with the statement of Abdul Hameed and it was necessary to enquire further. Before Dr. Clarke left, I enquired from him as to how I could call Abdul Hameed. He gave me the address of Munshi Nihal Chand that I should write to him to call the man. On the 14th Muhammad Bakhsh, Deputy Inspector, Batala, returned to Batala from Masanian and I sent him to Nihal Chand with a letter. When he brought Abdul Hameed, I was very busy. I ordered Muhammad Bakhsh, Deputy Inspector, to keep that boy in his supervision outside, under the tree. I also ordered Inspector Jalal-ud-Din to guard him. I know that both these officers are certainly not followers of Mirza
sahib of Qadian. When I finished my work I called Abdul Hameed. I could see where they were sitting under the tree. After about two hours I called only Abdul Hameed. Both officers brought him. Before bringing Abdul Hameed the Inspector said to me: “If you are not free, Abdul Hameed may be sent back to Anarkali, because he wants to go, and does not disclose the truth of the case”. Then I said: “Bring him before me”. When he came, he told the same story as he had deposed earlier about Mirza sahib sending him to Amritsar for the murder of Dr. Clarke. I wrote two pages and said to him: “I want to know only the truth. Why are you wasting time for nothing?” As this was said, Abdul Hameed fell on my feet and burst into tears. He seemed to be
very repentant and said: “I shall now state truly what really happened”. Then in my presence he made the statement which I wrote word for word as he spoke, and which is before the court. Then I sent a telegram to the Deputy Commissioner and brought the witness to Gurdaspur. Ever since the statement was written, he lives in my compound, and comes and goes as he likes. This morning Abdul Hameed said to me: “A man — (Abdul Ghani, on being reminded the witness said about the name that this was the name) — has told me that I should again give the same testimony as the first testimony, else I would be arrested”. My servants had seen that man. When Abdul Hameed came to tell me, it was found that Abdul Ghani had left the compound. Dr. Grey had enquired from me. He has written me a letter which is submitted here, exhibit ‘Y’. Signature in English. Read out. Is correct. Accepted.
Signature of the Judge.
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