PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi Pay Tribute to Victims of 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

© AFP 2022 / PRAKASH SINGHIndia's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a joint press briefing with his Nepal's counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba (not pictured) after the exchange of agreements ceremony at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 2, 2022.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a joint press briefing with his Nepal's counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba (not pictured) after the exchange of agreements ceremony at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 2, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
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On 13 April 1919, the British Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, opened fire on a crowd gathered at Jallianwala Bagh, in Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab. The people had congregated for the Baisakhi festival and to protest peacefully against the arrest of two key freedom fighters -- Dr Satya Pal and Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday led the nation in paying tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place on this day in 1919 while the country was under British rule.
In his message posted on Twitter, Prime Minister Modi talked of those who died in the event, saying that "their unparalleled courage and sacrifice will motivate future generations".
He also shared the speech he made when the renovated complex of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial was inaugurated last year.
© Photo : Twitter/ @narendramodi PM Modi pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
PM Modi pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
PM Modi pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
At the same time, Rahul Gandhi, leader of the country's main opposition party, Congress, paid tribute to the martyrs and said "the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh showed the world the cruelty of an autocratic regime".
© Photo : Twitter/@RahulGandhiCongress politician Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Congress politician Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Congress politician Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Various federal ministers, prominent politicians, and netizens also remembered those who died on this day.
Federal Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet in Hindi: "I bow before the courage and valour of the immortal martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which is a symbol of the ruthlessness and brutal atrocities of foreign rule".
"Their dedication, and sacrifice for the freedom of Mother India will continue to inspire coming generations to give up their life for the unity and integrity of the country", he added.
© Photo : Twitter/@AmitShahFederal Home Minister Amit Shah remembers the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Federal Home Minister Amit Shah remembers the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Federal Home Minister Amit Shah remembers the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
© Photo : Twitter/@dpradhanbjpFederal Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Federal Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Federal Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
© Photo : Twitter/@himantabiswaAssam State Chief pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Assam State Chief pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Assam State Chief pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
© Photo : Twitter/@capt_amarinderEx-State Chief of Punjab pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Ex-State Chief of Punjab pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Ex-State Chief of Punjab pays tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
© Photo : Twitter/@Rajkarangill8Twitter user pays tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Twitter user pays tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Twitter user pays tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
© Photo : Twitter/@drharpalselhiAnother Twitter user pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Another Twitter user pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Another Twitter user pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
© Photo : Twitter/@Oye_jahaziNetizen pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Netizen pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Netizen pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
In 1919, following the orders of Colonel Reginald Dyer, British troops fired at hundreds of unarmed protesters and pilgrims. They had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh (a garden) to celebrate the Punjabi festival of Baisakhi, and oppose the arrest of two prominent freedom fighters by British rulers.
According to British government records, a total of 379 people including men, women, and children were killed and 1,200 were wounded in the incident. However, media reports suggested that more than 1,000 people died in the firing.
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