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

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 April 2019, 9:31 IST

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.

Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh was a desolate piece of land partly used for dumping garbage. Until April 13, 1919, when British General Reginald Dyer oversaw the deadliest massacre of hundreds of unarmed people gathered there to protest against a draconian law that allowed internments without trial.

Expressing his grief over one of the worst atrocities of British colonial rule, PM Modi said India will never forget valour and sacrifices of the martyrs.

"Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. 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," PM Modi tweeted.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday morning paid his tribute to those who lost their lives and laid a wreath at the memorial in Amritsar.

British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith, who too paid his tribute to the slain, called the Jallianwala Bagh massacre a "shameful act in British-Indian history". "The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflects a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased today that the UK and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership," Mr Asquith said.

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First published: 13 April 2019, 9:28 IST