Rewinding the memory clock on the black episode of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that happened 100 years ago on this day, the United Kingdom (UK) high commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith paid his respects at the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial in Amritsar on Saturday.
The UK envoy wrote in the visitor’s book at the memorial, “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect 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.”
The UK envoy was accompanied by his deputy Andrew Ayre.
Meanwhile, the British PM Theresa May had regarded this incident in UK history as “a shameful scar.”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi along with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also reached the memorial and paid floral respects to the lost lives.
The indiscriminate firing on the hundreds of peaceful protesters under the stewardship of Colonel Reginald Harry Edward Dyer in Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919 still simmers with a host of political leaders across the country sending their condolences.
President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi had tweeted, “A horrific massacre, a stain on civilisation, that day of sacrifice can never be forgotten by India.” “Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
PM Modi also added, “Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of.”
The Congress President had also written, “Today is the centenary of the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre, a day of infamy that stunned the entire world and changed the course of the Indian freedom struggle.”
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had also tweeted, “The nation will not forget the sacrifices of those who perished in 1919 massacre.”