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Kovind, Modi, Rahul pay homage to Jallianwala martyrs

IANS  |  New Delhi/Amritsar 

As the nation commemorates by British forces at the Jallianwala Bagh, Ram Nath Kovind, and on Saturday paid tributes to the martyrs.

"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 India," Kovind tweeted.

"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," Modi said.

Gandhi along with Minister and his were joined by people in large numbers who gathered at the national memorial in to pay homage to hundreds of men and woman who were gunned down by British troops on April 13, 1919.

On Friday, hundreds of people, including students, residents and visitors held a candlelight vigil in

Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the bloodbath, when British forces led by opened fire on unarmed, innocent Indians, including children, who were present at a gathering protesting peacefully against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the

The massacre is one of the darkest chapters of India's freedom struggle against the British occupation. The official death toll by the was put at 379.

The British government, even after 100 years, has only regretted the massacre but stopped short of apologising for the killing of so many innocent people.

Rejecting the regret expressed by British as "inadequate", Minister on Friday demanded "an unequivocal official apology from Britain".

Vice will arrive here later for the main function commemorating the massacre.

Gandhi arrived here late on Friday and visited the and offered prayers at the Akal Takht.

The sanctum sanctorum of 'Harmandir Sahib' was closed for the night when the arrived.



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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 13:04 IST