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Kin of Jallainwala Bagh martyrs seek apology from David Cameron

Amritsar , Mon, 18 Feb 2013 ANI

Amritsar, Feb. 18 (ANI): Some kin of those Indian who were killed in the Jallainwala Bagh's massacre on April 13, 1919, seek an apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron, in view of his proposed visit to Amritsar on January 20.

On the day of brutal incident, British officer Reginald Dyre ordered troops to fire on a crowd at the Jallainwala Bagh ground here.

Over 1,600 rounds were fired inside a walled enclosure with only one exit.

Officials put the death toll at 379 but unofficially it is believed that more than 1,000 men and women were killed.

Many people jumped into wells to escape firing and died.

Queen Elizabeth II, during her visit to Amritsar in October 1997 stated, "History cannot be rewritten, however much we might sometimes wish otherwise. It has its moments of sadness, as well as gladness. We must learn from the sadness and build on the gladness".

While some Indians welcomed the expression of regret and sadness in the Queen's statement, others criticized it for being less than an apology. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)


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