13 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik remembered the martyrs today on the centenary of the gruesome of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Congress President Rahul Gandhi also visited the Memorial in Amritsar on Saturday morning to pay homage to hundreds of people, who were massacred by British forces on April 13, 1919.
Naveen Patnaik tweeted, "Remembering the martyrs of #JallianwalaBaghMassacre on the centenary of the most gruesome incident in the Indian history. The nation will not forget the sacrifices of those who perished in 1919 massacre. #JallianwalaBaghCentenary"
Rahul arrived here in the holy city late on Friday night.
After arriving here, Rahul, accompanied by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, paid a visit to Golden Temple complex where he offered prayers at the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion.
April 13 (Saturday) marks the 100th anniversary of the massacre, in which British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on hundreds of unarmed, innocent Indians, including women and children, who were protesting peacefully against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British government.
The massacre, on April 13, 1919, is one of the darkest chapters of India's freedom struggle against the British occupation.
Hundreds of people, including students, local residents and visitors, held a candlelight march in Amritsar on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on Friday evening.
The British government, even after 100 years, has only regretted the massacre but stopped short of apologising for the killing of so many innocent people.
Terming the tragic event "a heart-wrenching moment in India's history", Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that the people of India wanted an unequivocal apology from Britain for the atrocity.
(With IANS Inputs)