100 years of Jallianwala Bagh: How the massacre unfolded

100 years of Jallianwala Bagh: How the massacre unfolded

The News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you a special bilingual programme today on "100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre".

Hundreds of people holding candles and the national flag marched through the northern Indian city of Amritsar on Friday, on the eve of the centenary of the colonial-era Jallianwala Bagh massacre that British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a "shameful scar".

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, as it is known in India, saw British troops fire on thousands of unarmed people in Amritsar on April 13, 1919. His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten.

Amritsar: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday laid a wreath at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial on the completion of 100 years of the massacre.

Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his comments on Punjab chief minister missing from the Jallianwala Bagh memorial event, Capt Amarinder Singh said that the PM is playing "dirty politics".

PM Modi accused the Congress of insulting the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs by boycotting the official function organised by the Government of India on Saturday.

The Congress president was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, among others. "You might want to rewrite history, but you can't", he said.

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Around 10,000 unarmed men, women and children had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh walled public garden in Amritsar on April 13, 1919.

"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused", May said, but she, too, avoided saying she was sorry. Many local people tried to escape by scaling the high walls surrounding the garden.

It was later stated that 1,650 bullets had been fired (derived by counting empty cartridge cases picked up by the troops).

Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, in Amritsar on Saturday, on Twitter called the massacre "a day of infamy that stunned the entire world and changed the course of the Indian freedom struggle".

"On the 13th April, 1919 he went there as usual and met his tragic end, having been shot in the head which fractured his skull, he bled and died instantaneously", he told the newspaper.

Dyer, dubbed "The Butcher of Amritsar", said later the firing was "not to disperse the meeting but to punish the Indians for disobedience".

Yesterday, Amarinder Singh's tweet that the United Kingdom government issue and "unequivocal apology" for the massacre a hundred years ago, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the Congress should apologise for the Operation Bluestar - the a military crackdown on Sikh terrorists who were carrying on the Khalistan movement.

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