BRITISH GOVT SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE: LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN

The Hush Post: The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. This was said by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Khan, who is of Pakistani origin, also visited the Golden Temple complex, the place where the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, is located. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) gave Khan a `siropa` (robe of honour) during the visit. Khan also visited the Langar hall, the largest community kitchen in the world and ate langar. Earlier, Khan paid obeisance to martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy. “The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh shootings. Some people use the word massacre but they should apologise,” Khan told the media after visiting the Jallianwala Bagh complex.

Innocent Indians in hundreds, including children, women and old people, were killed by the British troops led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer on April 13, 1919. Those gathered at the Bagh had no place to escape as the only narrow entrance was blocked by the troops. The British records put the death toll at around 400, while Indian freedom movement leaders had estimated it at over 1,000. The British monarch, Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip, had visited the Jallianwala Bagh in October 1997, but no apology was offered. Later, British Prime Minister David Cameroon visited Jallianwala Bagh in February 2013 and regretted the killings, but again did not offer apology.

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