Demands for apology continue 100 years after Amritsar massacre

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre 100 Years On Still No Apology From Britain

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, one of the worst atrocities of British colonial rule for which London has yet to apologise.

On 13 April 1919 British troops fired on hundreds of unarmed men, women and children in the northern town of Amritsar. His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were among the leaders who paid tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on its 100 anniversary on Saturday.

"This was truly shocking considering that the Prime Minister is the chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust", Singh said.

"I would just ask you to respect what I came here to do, which was to commemorate those who died 100 years ago, to express the sorrow of the British government and of the British people", Asquith said.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh at Jallianwala Bagh memorial. "You might want to rewrite history, but you can't", he said.

Yesterday, Amarinder Singh's tweet that the United Kingdom government issue and "unequivocal apology" for the massacre a hundred years ago, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the Congress should apologise for the Operation Bluestar - the a military crackdown on Sikh terrorists who were carrying on the Khalistan movement.

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"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused", he wrote, echoing comments by the prime minister, Theresa May, in parliament on Wednesday, when she also stopped short of apologising. "He boycotted the official function as he was busy showing his loyalty towards his party and the Gandhi family", Modi had said, adding, "I know Captain Amrinder Singh since long and I have never raised questions over his nationalism".

He spoke at a memorial marking the centenary of the attack at Jallianwala Bagh by British colonial troops against unarmed Indians attending a peaceful rally calling for independence.

In Amritsar, news that prominent Indian leaders had been arrested and banished from the city sparked violent protests on April 10.

Indians across the country paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on 13 April, 1919. Many tried unsuccessfully to escape by scaling the walls. Some jumped into a well at the site.

"I, with eight or nine others, had to search for about half an hour till I could pick up his corpse as it was mixed up with hundreds of dead bodies lying in heaps there". A number of them were poor innocent children.

Dyer said later that the firing was "not to disperse the meeting but to punish the Indians for disobedience".

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