- The British government has refused to apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre during a debate in the UK parliament.
- The UK government has said that financial implications as one of the factors it had to consider while reflecting upon demands for a formal apology for Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
- However,the UK government has expressed deep regret over the massacre in Amritsar on April 13,1919.UK has said that the issue of appropriately making an apology on the 100th anniversary remains a work in progress.
- Jallianwala Bagh massacre is also known as the Amritsar Massacre.On 13th April 1919,thousands of people were gathered at Jallianwala Bagh to condemn the arrest and deportation of two national leaders Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew.
- Colonel Reginald Dyer had announced curfew and a ban on all processions that even prohibited a group of 4 or more people to meet publicly.However,General Dyer sensed the number of people present there and the secret meeting that was about to take place.
- Thus,he arrived with armed troops and ordered to open fire.The troops were ordered to start shooting,this heinous act of violence resulted in extreme mass killing.
- The British government had then appointed the Hunter Commission to inquire into the happenings.The ineffective inquiry and the initial accolades for Dyer by the House of Lords fuelled widespread anger was one of the causes of the Non-cooperation Movement of 1920–22.
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