Back in 13thApril 1919 a big massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh when troops of British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired rifles into the crowd while reminiscing about the same Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh paid homage to the martyrs.
Gandhi along with Punjab Chief Minister and his cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were joined by people in large numbers who gathered to pay homage to hundreds of men and woman who were gunned down by British troops on April 13, 1919.
The day marked the 100th anniversary of the bloodbath, when British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on unarmed, innocent Indians, including children, who were present at a gathering protesting peacefully against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British government.
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is one of the darkest chapters of India’s freedom struggle against the British occupation. The official death toll by the British government was put at 379.
Hundreds of people, including students, residents and visitors held a candlelight vigil in Amritsar on the eve of the 100th anniversary late on Friday.