Britain Must Apologize for Jallianwala Bagh Killings, Says London Mayor Sadiq Khan


London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is at present on a visit to India, paid homage to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh mass destruction in Amritsar on Wednesday and said it, is time for the British Government to make honest apology for the heartbreak incident. The tragedy in 1919 on Baisakhi is one we must never forget.

He said it was time for the British to apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. "Our thoughts are with all those who died", Khan wrote in the visitor's book after paying floral tributes at the memorial. "Some people use the word massacre", Mr Khan told the media after visiting the Jallianwala Bagh complex.

Hundreds of Indians, including women, children and the elderly, were shot dead by British troops led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer April 13, 1919. It is time for the British government to finally apologize.

He said: "I have seen the well myself where people fell and died". The victims had no place to escape as the only narrow entrance was blocked by the troops.

The then British prime minister David Cameron described it as deeply shameful when he visited the memorial in the northern state of Punjab during a 2013 trip to India, but stopped short of an apology.

In October, Mayor Sadiq Khan, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to United Kingdom, said he would visit India and Pakistan to promote the British capital as a destination of choice for trade and cultural ties.

Earlier this morning in Amritsar, Sadiq Khan also visited Sri Harmandir Sahib, often known as The Golden Temple, which is the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) gave Mr Khan a "siropa" (robe of honour) during the visit.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh welcomed his suggestion.

During his visit, he participated in langar at the Golden Temple complex and showed keen interest in knowing how the food is prepared. Khan, who was in Amritsar as part of his six-day mission to India and Pakistan, called the massacre one of the most horrific events in Indian history.

The London Mayor, who is of Pakistani-origin, will also visit Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad in Pakistan.