Today marks 103 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. On 13th April, 1919 the horrific incident of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place in Punjab. Till date it remains the darkest day in Indian History. On the auspicious festival of Baisakhi, thousands gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh to celebrate Baisakhi and peacefully protest the arrest of two leaders, Satyapal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. But the public meetings and processions were banned, and villagers were not aware of that.
General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer entered Jallianwala Bagh with his troops and blocked the entrance. He ordered his troops to begin shooting at the unarmed civilians without any warning. General Dyer later stated that this act was not to disperse the meeting but to punish the Indians for disobedience. According to the official figures by the British government, more than 350 people were killed while thousands were severely injured. But, as per Congress, over 1,000 people lost their lives in the incident.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has paid tributes to the martyrs who were massacred in Jallianwala Bagh on this day in 1919. In a tweet today, Mr. Naidu said, all are eternally indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice for the freedom of our motherland. He said, the best tribute we can pay to our freedom fighters is building an India that they envisioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute to those martyred in Jallianwala Bagh on this day in 1919. In a tweet today, Mr. Modi said, their unparalleled courage and sacrifice will keep motivating the coming generations.