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Amarinder demands unequivocal apology from Britain

IANS  |  Amritsar 

Rej5ecting the regret expressed by British as "inadequate", on Friday demanded "an unequivocal official apology from Britain" for the massacre, whose centenary is being observed on Saturday (April 13).

Terming the tragic event as "a heart-wrenching moment in India's history", Amarinder said that the people of wanted an unequivocal apology from Britain for the atrocity.

"The Vidhan Sabha had passed a resolution demanding the same," he pointed out, adding that the tragedy was one of the most horrific examples of colonial excesses and the massacre was a moral blot on the face of Britain.

"The candles that had been lit today (Friday) had rekindled memories of the sad day and would serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of the hundreds who were killed in the massacre and went on to become an inspiring source of patriotism and nationalism for generations of Indians," the said.

On the eve of the centenary of the massacre and as part of the various events organized by the government to mark the historic occasion, the joined Punjab here on Friday evening to light up the memories of the martyrs of the massacre.

Amarinder and Badnore led thousands of people from all walks of life in paying homage to the martyrs with a historic candle light march. The march started from the historic Townhall and culminated at the Memorial.

The air along the route was rent with slogans of 'Inquilab Zindabada' as and Badnore joined the people in lighting candles at the memorial.

The Chief Minister, who is scheduled to pay floral tributes on Saturday at the memorial along with Rahul Gandhi, also met the families of some of the martyrs.

The brutal massacre had taken place on April 13, 1919, when, in the backdrop of the tyrannical Rowlatt Act which aimed to curtail civic liberties and the subsequent Satyagraha launched by Mahatma Gandhi, thousands had come to to celebrate

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

The shooting continued for 10 minutes claiming hundreds of lives.



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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 21:30 IST