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On centenary, India pays homage to Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar/New Delhi 

Saturday remembered massacre victims with Narendra Modi, Vice M Venkaiah Naidu and paying tribute to those killed in the tragedy 100 years ago.

The massacre took place at in during the festival on April 13, 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.

Naidu on Saturday paid his respect by placing a wreath on the memorial and listened hymns being sung by Sikh priests at He also released a commemorative coin and a postage stamp to mark the centenary.

The later tweeted that was a reminder to each one of us as to how hard-won and precious our freedom is.

"History is not a mere chronicle of events. It shows us the depths to which depraved minds can plunge and cautions us to learn from the past. It also tells us that the power of evil is transient," he said.

said the memory of those killed in the serves as an inspiration to work for an they would be proud of.

"Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, pays tributes to all those martyred ... Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of," he tweeted.

paid floral tributes at the and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten.

He was accompanied by Minister Amarinder Singh, and some other leaders.

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 India who gave everything they had for it," the Congress wrote in the visitors' book.

British High to India also visited the separately and laid a wreath there.

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 India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership."


"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," Asquith wrote in the visitors' book at the memorial.

"I am pleased today that the UK and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership," he added.

In his brief interaction with reporters later, Asquith said British on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a "shameful scar" on British Indian history.

May, however, stopped short of offering a formal apology.

Asked why an apology was not tendered by the British government, Asquith said, "I know this is a really important question. I would just ask you to respect what I came here to do, which is to commemorate those who died a hundred years ago and to express the sorrow of the and of the British people.

"But I would repeat what I said earlier that both governments are committed to building a very strong relationship... we have an extraordinarily flourishing relationship today."

Asquith also added that the had spoken of the incident as a distressing example of Britain's past history with India.

The British said his great-grandfather H H Asquith, who was the prime minister of Britain between 1908 and 1916, had referred to the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy as one of the worst outrages.

"My own great grandfather, who was the prime minister for almost a decade, had referred to this as one of the worst outrages in our whole history," he said.

president Mayawati, in a tweet, paid homage to those killed in the Jallianwala massacre 100 years back and sought an apology from the British.

"On the centenary of the Jallianwala tragedy, our homage to martyrs & sympathy to the family members who sacrificed their lives for the country. It would have been most gratifying had the Indian govt. succeeded in extracting an apology from the British for this gruesome massacre," she wrote on

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 19:36 IST
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