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Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 103 Years of the Dark Memory

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is still recognised as one of the darkest days in Indian history even after more than a century.

Jallianwala Bagh Bullet Marks
Bullet Marks inside the Jallianwala Bagh

On April 13, 1919, during the Baisakhi celebration, the Amritsar massacre, also known as the Baisakhi massacre, unfolded. General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on nonviolent protests in Jallianwala Bagh.

Facts about Jallianwala Bagh 

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  • Thousands of people gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh to mark Baisakhi and march peacefully in support of Satyapal and Saifuddin Kitchlew, two of the country’s most prominent leaders.
  • The prohibition on public meetings and demonstrations was unknown to the residents. Dyer and his forces marched into the Jallianwala Bagh and barricaded the entrance. He ordered his men to start shooting on the innocent people without warning.
  • The shooting took the lives of at least 300 people, some of them even jumped into the well to save themselves from the bullet but unfortunately they drowned and passed away.
  • More than 200 bodies were recovered from the well after the shooting.
  • Shingara Singh was the last known survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre; he passed away in 2009.

Tributes to the Victims of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on Wednesday, saying that their unmatched bravery and sacrifice will continue to inspire future generations. The PM tweeted “Tributes to those martyred in Jallianwala Bagh on this day in 1919. Their unparalleled courage and sacrifice will keep motivating the coming generations”

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted “My heartfelt condolences to the martyrs of #JallianwalaBagh on April 13,1919. We will be eternally indebted for their great sacrifice for our motherland’s freedom. The most wonderful tribute we can pay to our freedom fighters is to create the India they envisioned”

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