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A hundred years ago, on April 13, 1919, thousands of Indians had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar for a pro-Independence demonstration on Baisakhi festival when the British Indian Army under the command of General Reginald Dyer blocked the main exit and opened fire at them, aiming wherever the fleeing crowds were thickest. The massacre left hundreds dead and over a thousand injured.

On 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, tributes and political reactions have been pouring in from around the world. Many are demanding official apology from Britain for the gruesome mass murder that took place a century ago.

Apologising for the massacre, British PM Theresa May wrote, “The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh of 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history. As Her Majesty the Queen (Elizabeth II) said before visiting Jallianwala Bagh in 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India.”

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbin said, “Those who lost their lives in the massacre deserve a “full, clear and unequivocal apology for what took place.”

British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said, “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, said, “The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten. We salute the people of India who gave everything they had for it.”

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also paid tributes to the martyrs, who lost their lives in Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “India today observes the centenary of ghastly Jallianwala Bagh massacre at Amritsar. My heartfelt tributes and homage to everyone who sacrificed their lives at Jallianwala Bagh. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The nation will remain indebted to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs.”

Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh tweeted, “Remembering the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on the centenary of the most gruesome incident in Indian history. The sacrifice and valour of the martyrs of this tragedy will never be forgotten by. The nation remains indebted to them.”

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