Hundreds gather to commemorate Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre 100 Years On Still No Apology From Britain

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

The massacre took place on 13 April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters and pilgrims who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab's Amritsar on the occasion of Baisakhi. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

As India commemorates the 100th anniversary of the massacre of hundreds of innocent Indians by British forces at the Jallianwala Bagh, members of the film industry, including Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Bhumi Pednekar and Madhur Bhandarkar, paid tributes to the martyrs.

The Amritsar massacre, 100 years ago this Saturday in which British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protestors, remains one of the darkest hours of British colonial rule in India. "Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of", Modi wrote on Twitter.

President Kovind tweeted, "A 100 years ago today, our beloved freedom fighters were martyred at Jallianwala Bagh".

Punjab state's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Governor V P Badnore took part in the march while Rahul Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress party, was expected to visit the city later in the evening.

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

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The number of casualties on April 13, 1919 is unclear, with colonial-era records showing 379 deaths while Indian figures put the number at closer to 1,000.

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

On Saturday afternoon, M Venkaiah Naidu visited Jallianwala Bagh and paid tributes to those killed in the massacre on April 13, 1919.

Many were angry about the recent extension of repressive measures and the arrest of two local leaders that had sparked violent protests three days before.

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. Many tried to escape by scaling the walls but failed.

Actress Preity G Zinta shared: "My heartfelt tribute to the fearless hearts and martyrs who lost their lives in the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre a century ago". Others jumped into a deep, open well at the site as the troops fired.

Dyer said the firing had been ordered "to punish the Indians for disobedience".

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