Jallianwala Bagh massacre ‘shameful’
Amritsar (Punjab): David Cameron on Wednesday became the first serving British Prime Minister to visit the Jallianwala Bagh – the site of one of the British Empire’s bloodiest episodes in India – and described the 1919 massacre as a deeply shameful act in the British history.
Cameron laid wreath at the Jallianwala Bagh and wrote in the visitors’ book that the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh was a deeply shameful act in the British history.
“This was a deeply shameful act in British history. One that Winston Churchill rightly described at that time as monstrous. We must never forget what happened here and we must ensure that the UK stands up for the right of peaceful protests,” Cameron wrote.
However, Cameron did not offer any apology for the massacre.
Hundreds of people were massacred at Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 on the orders of General Dyer during the British Raj.
Jallianwala Bagh massacre was described by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement, as having shaken the foundations of the British Empire.
Cameron also stood in silence for a minute before leaving.
Earlier in the morning, Cameron had also paid obeisance at the Golden Temple after arriving here.
Cameron was received by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and other dignitaries when he arrived in Amritsar this morning.
Around 3,000 police personnel from six districts have been deployed along with other forces, as part of tight security arrangements for the British Prime Minister’s visit.