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

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

"I am pleased today that the United Kingdom and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st Century partnership", Asquith wrote in the visitor's book at the memorial.

India can never forget that bad massacre that stigmatized civilization.

"The revulsion that we felt at the time is still strong today", British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith said as he paid tribute at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar.

"We have an excellent relationship with the United Kingdom today but it's a question of assuaging sentiments and healing a wound which has been festering as part of our shared history". His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten.

In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the site but her gaffe-prone husband Prince Philip stole the headlines by reportedly saying that Indian estimates for the death count were "vastly exaggerated".

Amarinder Singh, the chief minister of India's Punjab state where the massacre site is located, said on Friday that May's words were not enough.

On the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre - when a peaceful gathering was sacked upon by British Indian Army soldiers in Amritsar in 1919 - Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said here that an "appropriate expression of apology" was needed for closure.

Today India marks the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, one of the ghastly incident on the history of-of pre-independence that took over hundreds of lives.

He said "an unequivocal official apology" is needed for the "monumental barbarity".

On April 13, 1999, around 15,000 to 20,000 people had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh in the northern part of Amritsar city on the occasion of Baishakhi. However, Indian officials say more than 1,500 injured, with approximately 1,000 dead. The demonstration was held to demand the release of two popular leaders of the Indian Independence Movement, Satya Paul and Saifuddin Kitchlew, who had been earlier arrested on account of their protests. On this day in 1919, hundreds of people were killed by troops under British Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, during a peaceful meeting at the park.

It was later stated that 1,650 bullets had been fired (derived by counting empty cartridge cases picked up by the troops). A number of them were poor innocent children.

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