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Apology by UK on Jallianwala Bagh will ease pain, says Puri


Apology by UK on Jallianwala Bagh will ease pain, says Puri

Hyderabad, April 8

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said some expression of regret by Britain would help bring closure to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, whose centenary falls this week.

He, however, said he was only expressing personal views. The massacre was a turning point in the country’s freedom movement, Puri said when asked to comment on the ongoing debate that Britain should offer an apology for the incident that took place on April 13, 1919.

The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs also said his maternal grandfather was present at the scene and was injured.

“Some persons trained their guns on innocent people who had gathered there. It showed up the real character of British colonialism and the colonial rule,” Puri said.

“I think some expression of regret; I don’t know what form it takes, it’s not my job. But as a proud Sikh and as a very proud Indian for anyone who has read about this tragedy, I think some expression of regret will help in getting closure on this,” he said.

“Obviously, (apology) by the perpetrators. The ones who suffered are the victims, our citizens. So, I think some form of expression would be in order,” Puri said. — PTI

Convention today  

Jalandhar: The Indian Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) New Democracy, Lok Sangram Manch and Inquilabi Lok Morcha will hold a rally of workers, peasants and labourers to commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary in Jalandhar on Tuesday. While the historic gathering at the Jallianwala Bagh had gathered against the Rowlatt Act on April 13, 1919, the anti-capitalist bodies’ pitch in tomorrow’s convention will be against “contemporary capitalist powers”. TNS

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