Friday, 19 April, 2019

100th Anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh: Theresa May says shameful incident

UK's Labour Party Wants'Unequivocal Apology For Jallianwala Bagh Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: ‘India will never forget martyrs’ sacrifices,’ says PM Modi
Deanna Wagner | 14 April, 2019, 18:31

The News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you a special bilingual programme today on "100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre".

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, as it is known in India, saw British troops fire on thousands of unarmed people in Amritsar on April 13, 1919. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today weighed in on the debate over the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre by the British, which has been raging between the Congress and the BJP in Punjab.

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

Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid homage to the martyrs at the memorial this morning.

"You might want to rewrite history, as the Queen said, but you can't", Asquith said.

The number of casualties from the event, which hardened opposition to colonial rule, is unclear, with colonial-era records showing about 400 deaths, while Indian figures put the number of fatalities in at closer to 1,000.

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Rejecting the regret expressed recently by British Prime Minister Theresa May as "inadequate", Amarinder Singh on Friday demanded "an unequivocal official apology from Britain".

He said his country regrets "the suffering caused" and "the revulsion that we felt at the time is still strong today".

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.

British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith also visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial separately on Saturday. Many were angry about the arrest of two local leaders. Many tried to escape by scaling the walls but failed. Others jumped into an open well at the site. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember the people who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919.

"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".

He condemned Modi for allegedly trying to mislead the people with this "politically motivated falsehoods" and claimed the PM had insulted the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, "first by not being present at any of the commemorative events and then by choosing to politicise the occasion".