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

"It is time for the British government to finally apologise", wrote Mr. Khan.

The Punjab chief minister said he heard Khan's remarks on the Jallianwala incident and was happy to know about his feelings on the matter. The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust was founded in 1920 to build the memorial at the site. "Although our two great countries now have a close relationship in business, culture, education and more, an apology from the British Government will go a long way in healing the wounds left by this bad event".

The massacre took place on April 13, 1919, when British troops, commanded by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, opened fire at a crowd of unarmed people, on the harvest festival of Baisakhi.

Almost 100 years later, it remains a controversial subject as many British dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip, and former prime minister David Cameron, have visited Jallianwala Bagh to pay their respects. Our thoughts are with all those who died.

At least 379 Sikhs were killed, but the figure is still disputed. Khan, who is of Pakistani origin, made it clear that a formal apology should have been made by the United Kingdom government decades ago. He also went to the Baba Deep Singh shrine and the pool of nectar before going to Jallianwala Bagh.

He touted that it was extremely moving for him to visit Jallianwala Bagh and one can never fail to remember the tragedy that happened here. "Some people used the word massacre", the Mayor said.

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"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.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron had visited Amritsar, home to the famous Sikh Golden Temple, at the end of a trade mission back iASn 2013.

Mr Khan also visited the Langar hall, the largest community kitchen in the world, of the shrine complex and partook langar while sitting on the floor.

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

Khan, who was on a three-city tour of India, visiting Mumbai, New Delhi and Amritsar, later crossed over to Pakistan from the Attari-Wagah land border, about 30 km from here.

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