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Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: ‘India will never forget martyrs’ sacrifices,’ says PM Modi

14 April 2019

The massacre took place in the walled enclosure of Jallianwala Bagh, which is still pocked with bullet marks.

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. His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten.

Indian Punjab Police personnel light candles along with local residents as they pay tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre martyrs on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in Amritsar on April 12, 2019. A horrific massacre, a stain on civilisation, that day of sacrifice can never be forgotten by India.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing "dirty politics" after the PM claimed that the Congress leader skipped an official event marking the Jallianwala Bagh massacre's centenary as he was busy in "Congress parivar's bhakti".

In 2013 David Cameron became the first serving British prime minister to visit Jallianwala Bagh.

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

The Congress president was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, among others.

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

The number of casualties is unclear, with colonial-era records showing about 400 deaths, while Indian figures put the number at closer to 1,000.

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

"The tragedy of Jallianwalla Bagh in 1919 is a shameful scar on the British-Indian history". 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.

Many tried to escape by scaling the high walls surrounding the area.

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. Some jumped into a well at the site. "Our neighbour and the entire country was paying tributes to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh". A number of them were poor innocent children.

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

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: ‘India will never forget martyrs’ sacrifices,’ says PM Modi