British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed ‘deep regret’ for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by British troops in India in 1919 and described it as a ‘shameful scar’ in British history but she stopped short of a formal apology.
“The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh of 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history. As Her Majesty the Queen (Elizabeth II) said before visiting Jallianwala Bagh in 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India,” British PM said in her statement.
Leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jerelyn Corbyn called or “a full, clear and unequivocal apology”.
The massacre which claimed thousands of lives, took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar over Baisakhi in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer fired machine guns at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron described it as “deeply shameful” during a visit in 2013 but also stopped short of an apology.
A ceremony was due to take place at the site of the massacre on Saturday.