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United Kingdom must apologise for Jallianwala Bagh, says London mayor

United Kingdom must apologise for Jallianwala Bagh, says London mayor

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

London Mayor Sadiq Khan visited the Golden Temple here on Wednesday.

The British government and the Royal family have shied from issuing a formal apology. "Some people use the word 'massacre, '" Khan told the media after visiting the Jallianwala Bagh complex.

Mr Khan, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom, arrived in Amritsar on Tuesday. He stated, "The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh shootings". Hundreds of people were killed-nearly 2,000 by some accounts-when a British force led Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened unprovoked fire on a crowd gathered at protest rally in the park.

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".

"It was incredibly moving to visit Jallianwala Bagh".

A British commission that conducted an inquiry into the incident concluded 379 people were killed but Indian leaders estimated up to 1,000 people had died in the firing. Our thoughts are with all those who died.




Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh welcomed his suggestion.

"The suggestion, coming from a British government functionary, was good and, if implemented, would go a long way in strengthening ties between India and United Kingdom, and perhaps, to some extent, assuaging the wounds of Indians who suffered the pain of the independence struggle", he said.

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

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

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.

During a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism, Khan called the massacre one of the most horrific events in Indian history.


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