Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

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

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

Khan went around the Jallianwala Bagh complex and saw the Martyr's Well and the bullet marks on the walls.

Moved by the tragedy that happened 98 years ago, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday that the British government should apologize for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar which left hundreds dead. "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". At the time Winston Churchill proclaimed the massacre "monstrous" and the British government condemned Dyer for his actions, but no apology has since been forthcoming.

Mr Khan, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom, arrived in Amritsar on Tuesday.

"It is time for the British government to finally apologise", wrote Mr Khan.

The London Mayor, on his maiden visit to Amritsar, also paid tributes to those who died at the sprawling ground in the city.

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre is considered to be one of the most tragic events in Indian history. The memorial was inaugurated in 1961 and serves as a way to remember those who died and were injured in the massacre.

On April, 13, 1919 troops from the British Indian Army fired on unarmed civilians in India, killing hundreds and wounding many more.

Writing in the memorial's visitors' book on Wednesday, Mr Khan said it had been "incredibly moving" to see the site of the mass shooting, calling it a tragedy that should never be forgotten. "Some people used the word massacre", the Mayor said.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is now touring India and Pakistan and remembering his roots.

Earlier in the day he visited the Golden Temple, the most revered place for the Sikh religion, where he covered his head with a white cloth and sat cross-legged on the floor to eat at the community kitchen.

"It has been a privilege for me to be in Amritsar for the last 24 hours".

His visit was part of his first official tour to three Indian cities and three Pakistan cities-Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad-to promote the British capital's resilience and strengths post-Brexit.

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