Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: ‘India will never forget martyrs’ sacrifices,’ says PM Modi

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Asquith wrote a message in the visitor's book.

Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden located in the holy city of Amritsar and houses the martyrs' memorial which was established in 1951 to commemorate the massacre of hundreds of unarmed and peaceful protestors, including women and children, by the British forces led by Brigadier General R eginald Dyer on April 13, 1919. A horrific massacre, a stain on civilisation, that day of sacrifice can never be forgotten by India.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, as it is known in India, saw British troops fire on thousands of unarmed people in Amritsar on April 13, 1919.

"We have an excellent relationship with the United Kingdom today but it's a question of assuaging sentiments and healing a wound which has been festering as part of our shared history". Nevertheless, ahead of the ceremony this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May stopped shy of apologising, saying, "We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused". Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. They observed a two-minute silence at the site, PTI reported.

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The memory of those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre serves as an inspiration to work for an India they would be proud of, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday on the centenary of the tragic event.

The 2019 edition of the British Sikh Report (BSR) reveals that 78 per cent of the community surveyed want a formal apology from the British state for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and 85 per cent seek its inclusion in Britain's school curriculum.

"Later, talking to reporters, Mr. Asquith said, ".what happened 100 years ago was a tragedy".

He said "an unequivocal official apology" is needed for the "monumental barbarity". Other sources place the number of dead at well over 1,000. Many local people tried to escape by scaling the high walls surrounding the garden.

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One of several witness accounts compiled by two historians in a new book with excerpts published in the Indian Express newspaper this week described the horror.

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

"But even in the centenary year of the massacre, Britain has refused to ... take that important step", the Hindustan Times said in an editorial.

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