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Rally from Gen Dyer’s house to Jallianwala Bagh today

Rally from Gen Dyer’s house to Jallianwala Bagh today

Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 5

Commemorating the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s protest against the Rowlatt Act, the National Martyrs’ Memorial Committee, Jalandhar, has planned to take out a rally from the Colonial House, which was the official residence of General Reginald Dyer in Jalandhar Cantonment tomorrow.

The rally, which will have representation of ex-servicemen, college principals and students, will move on bikes, cars and buses towards Jallianwala Bagh. The rally would reach Jallianwala Bagh in the afternoon, ahead of the centenary of the massacre falling next week.

It was from this house of General Dyer on the Mall Road that he had moved towards Jallianwala Bagh with his troops, arms and ammunition on April 13, 1919, the massacre day. Anoop Watts, president of the committee, says, “Earlier, this house had his old plate too, which has now been removed.”

Madhusudan Sharma, general secretary, says, “Just two days before the massacre, Gen Dyer had held a meeting with the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab Michael O Dwyer, who had stayed in the same house.”

Members of the committee shared their knowledge from the books that they have read, “General Dyer is learnt to have come here only a year before the massacre as a temporary Brigadier General of the 45th Infantry Brigade. A silver oak tree that he had planted here still stands. He used to frequent to the Officers’ Club, Jullundur Gymkhana Club, here riding a horse or camel.”

Says Watts, “We have planned an event at Jallianwala Bagh wherein few persons from the families of the victims of the massacre would be honoured. Former minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Shahi Imam of Punjab Habib-ur-Rehman and former minister Darbari Lal will be among the dignitaries present.”

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