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100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre: President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes to victims

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and Modi on Saturday paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the massacre that took place on this day 100 years ago.

"A 100 years ago today, our beloved freedom fighters were martyred at A horrific massacre, a stain on civilisation, that day of sacrifice can never be forgotten by At this solemn moment, we pay our tribute to the immortals of Jallianwala #PresidentKovind," Kovind tweeted.

"Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific massacre, pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an they would be proud of," the wrote on

The massacre took place on 13 April 1919 when troops of the under the command of fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters and pilgrims who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab's on the occasion of

The crowd had assembled peacefully at the venue to condemn the arrest of two leaders -- Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew -- when they were fired at indiscriminately by Dyer and his men.

According to records, 379 people including men, women, and children were killed while 1,200 were wounded in the firing. Other sources place the number of dead at well over 1,000.

Hundred years on, the is yet to give a full apology for the gruesome attack on unarmed protesters in in 1919.

However, British had recently said that the "deeply regrets" the 1919 massacre and called it a "shameful scar" on the British-Indian history.

"The tragedy of Jallianwalla Bagh in 1919 is a shameful scar on the British-Indian history. As her Majesty, the said before visiting Jallianwala Bagh 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused," May had said at the earlier this week.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 08:39 IST