British govt should apologise for Jallianwala tragedy: London Mayor.
Amritsar – The British government should apologise for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday, calling it a tragedy one “must never forget”. Khan, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to the UK, arrived in Amritsar on Wednesday. He paid a rich tribute to those who died in the Jallianwala Bagh incident. “It was incredibly moving to visit Jallianwala Bagh. Our thoughts are with all those who died. It is time for the British government to finally apologise. The tragedy in 1919 ổn the eve of Baisakhi is one we must never forget,” Khan wrote in the visitors’ book at the Jallianwala Bagh here. The massacre took place on April 13, 1919 when British troops commanded by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, opened fire at a crowd of unarmed people, on the harvest festival of Baisakhi. A large number of people were killed in the incident. “It was important for me also to come to the Jallianwala Bagh. We all know the history here,” Khan said during a media interaction. “My view is that British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh shooting. Some people used the word massacre,” the Mayor said. Wrapping up his first official tour to India, the London Mayor, earlier on Thursday, also paid obeisance at the holy shrine of Golden Temple. During his visit, he participated in langar’ at the Golden Temple complex and showed keen interest in knowing how the food is prepared. Khan was also presented with a ‘Siropa’ (robe of honour) by the officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Khan, who was on a three city tour to India, visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar to strengthen the UK’s capital trade ties with India.
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