United Kingdom 'deeply regrets' Amritsar massacre - but no official apology

United Kingdom 'deeply regrets' Amritsar massacre - but no official apology

United Kingdom 'deeply regrets' Amritsar massacre - but no official apology

A commemoration event is scheduled on Saturday evening in the parliament complex in Westminster, when leading Indian-origin members of the House of Lords such as Raj Loomba and Meghnad Desai, will speak on the issue and the apology demand, besides members of the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee such as Vikramjit Singh Sahney and Manjit Singh GK, who have travelled from India.

"It started with an article, titled "The Man Who Saved India", which was written just days after Dyer was removed from his post by the British authorities in July, 1920", according to the book, "Jallianwala Bagh".

"It is interesting to see that more Sikhs want the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to be taught in schools than would want a formal apology from the government", he added.

In the memorial's guest book Asquith, a descendant of Herbert Asquith, prime minister from 1908 to 1916, called the events "shameful". I believe strongly we are.

Earlier today, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes on Twitter to those who lost their lives in the massacre.

"Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" star Bhumi urged people to "always remember the courage and sacrifice of our freedom fighters" and to get inspired by their "valour and contribution into making our country stronger".

Today India marks the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, one of the ghastly incident on the history of-of pre-independence that took over hundreds of lives. They observed a two-minute silence at the site, PTI reported.

British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith on Saturday expressed deep regret and sorrow over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, but remained non-committal on any apology coming from the British government on the brutal killings.

Thousands of unarmed men, women and children had gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh, a walled public garden in Amritsar, on the afternoon of April 13, 1919. Many were angry about the arrest of two local leaders. A number of them were poor innocent children.

"I was all alone the whole night in that solitary jungle. Amidst hundreds of corpses, I passed my night, crying and watching", she said.

Dyer, dubbed "The Butcher of Amritsar", said later the firing was "not to disperse the meeting but to punish the Indians for disobedience".

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