London Mayor Calls for UK Apology Over Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

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Moved by the tragedy that happened 98 years ago, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday that the British government should apologize for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar which left hundreds dead. Then-British prime minister David Cameron described it as deeply shameful when he visited the memorial in the northern state of Punjab during a 2013 trip to India, but stopped short of an apology.

Sadiq Khan extended his apologies during today's visit but made it clear that a formal Government apology should have been given decades ago and that, ahead of the centenary of the massacre, it is more important now than ever that the Government properly acknowledges what happened at Jallianwala Bagh to ensure something like this can never happen again. "Our thoughts are with all those who died".

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, "The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is one of the most horrific events in Indian history".

Now on a visit to the Indian sub-continent on "London is open" campaign, Sadiq Khan, made this statement, through his official twitter account, while visiting the massacre site Jallianwala Bagh near Amritsar on Tuesday. In two years, it will be 100 years since the massacre. On Sunday 13 April 1919, during the celebration of Vaisakhi, 50 British Indian Army soldiers, commanded by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, began shooting at an unarmed gathering of civilians, who were taking part in a peaceful protest.

Writing in the visitors' book, Khan said it had been "incredibly moving" to see the site of the massacre, calling it a tragedy that should never be forgotten. No similar apology came for the 1943 Bengal starvation in which more than four million people perished or the ghastly Jallianwala massacre.

Khan went around the Jallianwala Bagh complex and saw the Martyr's Well and the bullet marks on the walls. The chief minister said he heard Mr Khan's remarks on the Jallianwala incident and was happy to know about his feelings on the matter. He also visited the Langar hall, the largest community kitchen in the world, in the shrine complex and partook "langar" sitting on the floor. "These fearless individuals sacrificed an enormous amount to defend the freedoms that we enjoy today and it is only right that there is a memorial in our capital city to honour the Sikhs who fought to preserve our freedoms", Khan said.

"Britain and the world owe a huge debt to the Sikh servicemen and women who fought alongside British troops during the First and Second World Wars".

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