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Britain should apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre, says London Mayor


Britain should apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre, says London Mayor

Amritsar (Punjab), Dec 7: London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the British government on Wednesday to make a formal apology for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in which nearly 400 Sikhs were shot dead by British Indian army soldiers. On Sunday 13 April 1919, some 50 soldiers began shooting at unarmed civilians who were taking part in a peaceful protest against oppressive laws enforced in the Punjab by British colonial authorities.

At least 379 Sikhs were killed, but the figure is still disputed. Khan, the first Asian-origin London Mayor, during a visit to Amritsar in northern India, said it's important to apologise for errors of the past.

His comments came after a visit to Jallianwala Bagh, where he laid a wreath at the memorial to the massacre, a terracotta-coloured stone obelisk and visited the 'Shaheedi Kuan' or Martyrs' Well. He also visited the Golden Temple, the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.

Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, the man who gave the order to fire, explai

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