Vice President releases commemorative coin of Rs 100 on 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre
Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 on 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar on Saturday. He paid tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial in Amritsar. He also participated in the centenary prayer meeting observed on the completion of 100 years of the massacre.
Earlier in the day, British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, laid a wreath at Jallianwala Bagh memorial to pay homage to the people who were massacred by Britishers on April 13, 1919. Although he deeply regretted on “what happened and the suffering caused”, but he didn’t apologise.
Sir Asquith wrote in the visitor’s book, “Events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago also reflects a shameful act in British-India history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased that the UK and India have remained committed to developing further a thriving 21st Century partnership.”
April 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the massacre in which British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on hundreds of innocent Indians including children and women. They were protesting peacefully against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British government in 1919. It is one of the darkest chapters of India’s freedom struggle against the British.
– PTC NEWS