Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jallianwala Bagh: Kerala MPs had sought Britain’s apology

Jallianwala Bagh: Kerala MPs had sought Britain’s apology

British troops opened fire on a large group of un-armed civilians in Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said he "fully endorses the demand that the British empire apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Bengal starvation".

On February 13 this year, the last day of the 16th Lok Sabha, the House debated Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust (Amendment) Bill.

"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused", May told the British parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings.

Hundred years on, the United Kingdom is yet to give a full apology for the gruesome attack on unarmed protesters in Amritsar in 1919.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed regret for the massacre by British troops in India in 1919 but stopped short of a full apology.

The British government had released figures stating that 379 innocent people had died while 1,200 were wounded in the brutal tragedy.

Many organisations, who had given a call to people to assemble at Jallianwala Bagh to observe the 100th anniversary, said that the order would impact their programme.

A press note issued by the police on Tuesday said: "Executive Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Police, Amritsar, Bhupinder Singh using his powers under Section 144 in CrPC, 1973, has ordered the ban over the assembly of five or more persons at one place for protest, rallies, meetings or raising slogans in the jurisdiction of all police stations of Amritsar police". "The passage of a century will not wipe away the stain of innocent lives being taken at the Amritsar massacre", he tweeted on Wednesday. "Indian diaspora make an enormous contribution to British society and I'm sure that the whole House wishes to see the UK's relationship with India continue to flourish", she said. Britain's first female Sikh MP, Preet Gill, also Labour, who has family roots in Jalandhar, said: "This was a timely opportunity on the anniversary for Theresa May to apologise to Sikhs and to India and I think they will all be disappointed". "Once you apologise for this, there are so many other massacres to apologise for in other countries".

"Importantly, our modern relationship with India is focussed on the future, on pooling our strengths..."

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