United Kingdom must apologize for Jallianwala Bagh: London Mayor

United Kingdom must apologize for Jallianwala Bagh: London Mayor

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. The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust was founded in 1920 to build the memorial at the site. "I want to make it clear that a memorial should take pride of place in London to honour those who served and died in the wars". "We all know the history here in 1919".

Mayor Khan also visited the martyrs well at the historical site of Jallianwala Bagh. Hundreds were killed by British soldiers in the 1919 atrocity. My theory is that British government should apologise for the errors done in the past. "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 terrible event".

All the exits were blocked by the troops and protesters had nowhere to escape. 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.

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Sadiq Khan extended his apologies during today's visit but made it clear that a formal Government apology should have been given decades ago and that, ahead of the centenary of the massacre, it is more important now than ever that the Government properly acknowledges what happened at Jallianwala Bagh to ensure something like this can never happen again.

Khan, later on Wednesday, visited the Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, is located and offered prayers.

The British Foreign Office said in a statement: "As the former Prime Minister said when he visited the Jallianwala Bagh in 2013, the massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history and one that we should never forget". Khan, who is on a six-day mission to India and Pakistan to strengthen cultural and economic ties with London, was at Amritsar on Wednesday and visited Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. On Thursday he is in Islamabad and is scheduled to visit Karachi before he returns to London.

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