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Capt Amarinder Singh lashes out at Modi for politicising Jallianwala Bagh centenary

16 April 2019

He laid a wreath at the memorial inside the historic Jallianwala Bagh.

Hitting out at Punjab CM Amarinder Singh for skipping Saturday's event to pay respect to those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 100 years ago, Modi on Sunday had said, "Congress CM (of Punjab) was absconding from the function".

The UK has made no official apology and Dominic Asquith, the high commissioner to India, on Saturday followed suit as he laid a wreath at the massacre site on Saturday. His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten.

Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on April 13, 1919 when British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on hundreds of unarmed, innocent Indians, including women and children, who were protesting peacefully against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British government.

The event marked a nadir in Britain's occupation of India, and served to boost Indian nationalism and harden support for independence.

During this, in his note written in the Visitor's Diary, the incident of Jallianwala Bagh was termed as the most "shameful event in British India history".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "We pay homage to the martyrs of the horrific massacre of Jallianwala Bagh".

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday told parliament that Britain "deeply regretted what happened and the suffering caused". He also released a commemorative coin and a postage stamp to mark the centenary.

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In a tweet, opposition leader Rahul Gandhi called the massacre "a day of infamy that stunned the entire world and changed the course of the Indian freedom struggle".

It is an apt moment for the British government to offer an apology to India, Manjit Singh GK, Patron-in-Chief of the JBCCC, said.

Demands by several past Indian leaders and politicians for Britain to apologize for the massacre have fallen on deaf ears.

While Modi was busy indulging in his usual dirty little political games, he himself was at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial for the state level event to mark the centenary, the Chief Minister remarked.

Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and Punjab Cabinet Minister O P Soni were among others present at the function held in the afternoon.

"My own great grandfather, who was the prime minister for nearly a decade, had referred to this as one of the worst outrages in our whole history", he said. He described the episode as "deeply shameful" but stopped short of a public apology.

The chief minister said this was truly shocking considering the fact that the Prime Minister was chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust.

He later defended his decision not to say sorry, explaining that the massacre happened 40 years before he was born and saying: "I don't think the right thing is to reach back into history and to seek out things you can apologise for".

Capt Amarinder Singh lashes out at Modi for politicising Jallianwala Bagh centenary