Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Rahul visits memorial, salutes people of India

Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Rahul visits memorial, salutes people of India

During this, in his note written in the Visitor's Diary, the incident of Jallianwala Bagh was termed as the most "shameful event in British India history".

Saturday marked the centenary of the bloodbath in Jallianwala Bagh when British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on unarmed, innocent Indians, including women and children, who had gathered there to hold a peaceful protest against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British government.

As India marks the 100th anniversary of the Amritsar massacre - one of the worst atrocities of colonial rule - on Saturday, the British envoy to India says his country regrets the killing but offered no apology.

The News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you a special bilingual programme today on "100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre". There is no question that we will always remember this. His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten. They observed a two-minute silence at the site, PTI reported.

Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh paid their homage to the martyrs at the National Memorial.

Singh said thousands attended a candlelight march on Friday in memory of the victims ahead of a commemoration ceremony later on Saturday.

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Amritsar's Jallianwala Bagh was a desolate piece of land partly used for dumping garbage.

Punjab cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also accompanied them, as the leaders were joined by a large number of people to commemorate the tragic incident that took place on the day of "Baisakhi" 100 years ago. Many were angry about the arrest of two local leaders.

It was later stated that 1,650 bullets had been fired (derived by counting empty cartridge cases picked up by the troops).

"Heaps of dead bodies lay there, some on their backs and some with their faces upturned".

Dyer, dubbed "the butcher of Amritsar", reportedly said later it was a necessary measure, and that the firing was "not to disperse the meeting but to punish the Indians for disobedience".

Indian newspapers this week repeated their calls for an apology for a massacre that Winston Churchill, then secretary of state for war, called "monstrous". May's statement was "perhaps qualitatively a notch stronger ... but is far from enough".

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