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Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary: Rahul pays tributes

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

paid floral tributes at the on Saturday to mark the centenary of the massacre and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten.

Rahul, who was accompanied by Minister Amarinder Singh, and some other leaders, paid floral tributes at the memorial inside the in the morning.

They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919.

"The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten. We salute the people of who gave everything they had for it," the wrote in the visitors' book.

British High to also visited the Memorial separately on Saturday.

In the visitors' book, Asquith wrote, "The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused."

He also wrote, "I am pleased today that the UK and have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership."

Gandhi arrived at late on Friday night. Upon his arrival, the Congress chief, accompanied by Singh, went straight to the and paid obeisance at the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs.

The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in during the festival in April 1919 when troops of the under the command of opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.

Notably, British on Wednesday described the as a "shameful scar" on British Indian history but stopped short of offering a formal apology.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 10:00 IST