London Mayor calls for apology to people of Amritsar for Jallianwala Bagh

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Now on a visit to the Indian sub-continent on "London is open" campaign, Sadiq Khan, made this statement, through his official twitter account, while visiting the massacre site Jallianwala Bagh near Amritsar on Tuesday. "It was important to me to come to Jallianwala Bagh".

Khan went around the Jallianwala Bagh complex and saw the Martyr's Well and the bullet marks on the walls. "In response to peaceful act, General Dyer and his soldiers closed the gate and open fire on men, women and children". "Although our two great countries now have a close relationship in business, culture, education and more, an apology from the British Government will go a long way in healing the wounds left by this bad event". It is time for the British government to finally apologize. The victims had no place to escape as the only narrow entrance was blocked by the troops. Colonial era records had put the death toll at around 400, while leaders of India's freedom movement had put it at over 1,000.

The then British prime minister David Cameron described it as deeply shameful when he visited the memorial in the northern state of Punjab during a 2013 trip to India, but stopped short of an apology.


Though British monarch Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip visited Jallianwala Bagh in October 1997, they did not offer an apology for the massacre.

Wrapping up his first official tour to India, the London Mayor, earlier on Wednesday, also paid obeisance at the holy shrine of Golden Temple.

Mr Khan was also presented with a Siropa (robe of honour) by the officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).


During his visit, he participated in langar at the Golden Temple complex and showed keen interest in knowing how the food is prepared.

On Dec. 5 evening, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and others met Khan at a dinner hosted for him.

Sadiq Khan visited Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the city of Amritsar during his 6-day trade mission to India and Pakistan. The London Mayor, of Pakistani-origin, will visit Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad in Pakistan.


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