Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Britain Must Apologize for Colonial-Era Massacre: Sadiq Khan

Britain Must Apologize for Colonial-Era Massacre: Sadiq Khan

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

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that British government should apologise for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre of hundreds of Indian protestors.

Over the years, several MPs and politicians of Indian and South Asian-origin have asked the United Kingdom government to offer an apology to the Indian people but members of the royal family and British premiers have never gone that far during their visits to India.

"The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh shootings".

He was quoted saying, "As someone whose grandparents were born in India, and whose parents moved to London from Pakistan, I feel a deep affinity for the subcontinent", said Khan.

"It is wrong that successive British governments have fallen short of delivering a formal apology to the families of those who were killed", he said.

"As the former Prime Minister said when he visited Jallianwala Bagh in 2013, the massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history and one that we should never forget". Our thoughts are with all those who died.

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"It was incredibly moving to visit Jallianwala Bagh".

On April, 13, 1919 troops from the British Indian Army fired on unarmed civilians in India, killing hundreds and wounding many more. A large number of people were killed in the incident. "Some people used the word massacre", the Mayor said.

Reacting to his remarks, Singh tweeted, "I'm sure that such an act would, to some extent, assuage the wounds of Indians who suffered the turmoil of the struggle for independence".

Khan, later December 6, visited the Golden Temple complex, where Harmandir Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines, is located and offered prayers.

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

Mr Khan, who was on a three-city tour to India, visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar to strengthen the UK's capital trade ties with India.

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.

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