Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary: Deeply regret what happened, says British envoy


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AMRITSAR: British Excessive Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith, who laid a wreath on the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial on Saturday to mark the centenary of the bloodbath, stated Britain deeply regretted the incident that passed off on today 100 years in the past.

Asquith visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial within the morning to pay homage to these killed within the incident on April 13, 1919. He laid a wreath on the memorial contained in the historic Jallianwala Bagh.

"The occasions of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years in the past in the present day mirror a shameful act in British-Indian historical past. We deeply remorse what occurred and the struggling triggered," Asquith wrote within the guests' ebook on the memorial.

After the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, came the torture, crawling, floggings

To punish Amritsar, the army ordered residents to compulsorily salute all British males, arrested tons of with out cost, tortured them and tried them beneath martial regulation. 100 years on, the British govt nonetheless refuses to apologise for the atrocities carried out in Jallianwala

"I'm happy at this time that the UK and India have and stay dedicated to creating additional a thriving 21st century partnership," he added.

In his temporary interplay with reporters later, Asquith stated British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a "shameful scar" on British Indian historical past.

Might, nevertheless, stopped in need of providing a proper apology.

Requested why an apology was not tendered by the British authorities, Asquith stated, "I do know this can be a actually necessary query. I might simply ask you to respect what I got here right here to do, which is to commemorate those that died 100 years in the past and to precise the sorrow of the British authorities and of the British individuals.

"However I might repeat what I stated earlier that each governments are dedicated to constructing a really robust relationship...we have now a very flourishing relationship at this time."

He identified that former British prime minister David Cameron, throughout his go to to India earlier, had expressed remorse and termed the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy a "deeply shameful scar".

Asquith additionally added that the Queen (Elizabeth II) had spoken of the incident as a distressing instance of Britain's previous historical past with India.
The British envoy stated his great-grandfather H H Asquith, who was the prime minister of Britain between 1908 and 1916, had referred to the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy as one of many worst outrages.
"My very own nice grandfather, who was the prime minister for nearly a decade, had referred to this as one of many worst outrages in our entire historical past," he stated.
The bloodbath passed off at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar through the Baisakhi pageant in April 1919 when the British Indian Army beneath the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened hearth at a crowd staging a pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores lifeless.