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Britain must apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre: London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Wednesday - December 6, 2017 2:58 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL


Nearly 100 years after Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, Pakistani-origin London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that the British government should apologise for this massacre. It is remarkable, Though British monarch Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip had visited the Jallianwala Bagh in October 1997 and no apology for the massacre was offered as well as British Prime Minister David Cameroon visited in February 2013 and offered regrets over the killings stopping short of a formal apology.

 London Mayor Khan on Tuesday paid his tributes to martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre here on Wednesday. "The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala shootings. Some people consider this as massacre “Khan told the media after visiting the Jallianwala Bagh complex.

The incident took place on April 13 1919 where Hundreds of innocent Indians including women children and old people were shot dead by the British troops led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer. Mob had no place to escape as the only narrow entrance was blocked by the troops. Colonial era records had put the death toll at around 400 while leaders of the country s freedom movement had put it at over 1000.

Later General Dyer assassinated at Caxton Hall, London by Indian revolutionary Udham Singh, known as Ram Mohammed Singh In 1940 during a joint meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society presently known as Royal Society for Asian Affairs.

On his visit Khan later on Wednesday offered prayers in the Golden Temple complex where the holiest of Sikh shrines Harmandir Sahib is located. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) gave Khan a siropa (robe of honour) during his visit. Khan also visited the Langar hall the largest community kitchen in the world of the shrine complex.

– Window To News with inputs from IANS
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