UK PM, Theresa May and other UK officials condemns assassination of Indian martyrs at the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on its 100th Anniversary
On this fateful day, hundred years ago, our beloved freedom fighters were martyred at the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which is one of the darkest chapters of India’s freedom struggle against the British Rule.
On 13th April 1919, hundreds of innocent people including children were assassinated and many more injured after the British troops, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire on a gathering which protested peacefully against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British Government at the Jallianwala Bagh. That was the day of Baisakhi, the main Sikh festival where many villagers and pilgrims also came to attend the Baisakhi fair in the Bagh.
On Dyer’s orders, the troops fired on the crowd for about ten minutes, blocking the main entrance and leaving no chance to flee. It was estimated that there were over 379 deaths, with more than 1,000 wounded in that horrific massacre.
Recently the British Prime Minister Theresa May described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a “shameful scar” on British-Indian history. The Britishers deeply regret the sorrowful past and the sufferings caused.
Today, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten.