Jallianwala Bagh massacre - British PM Theresa May expresses 'Deep regret'

  • Wed,10 Apr 2019 04:43:35 PM

British Asia News Network 

London, Apr 10: What is considered to be a moral victory for Lord Raj Loomba, Indian origin parliamentarian in the United Kingdom, who has initiated massive campaign in favour of seeking apology from Brtish PM for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, that took place 100 years ago, finally, PM Theresa May on Wednesday expressed regret for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre by British troops in Amritsar but stopped short of a full apology.

“We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” Ms. May told Parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for “a full, clear and unequivocal apology”.

The April 13, 1919 massacre, in which British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters, remains an enduring scar from the British colonial rule in India.

Colonial era records show about 400 people died when soldiers opened fire on men, women and children in an enclosed area, but Indian figures put the toll at closer to 1,000.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron described it as “deeply shameful” during a visit in 2013 but also stopped short of an apology.

A ceremony was due to take place at the site of the massacre on Saturday.

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