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Amritsar massacre justice campaign group calls for apology from British PM

A CAMPAIGN group calling for justice over the Amritsar massacre, in which British colonial troops murdered hundreds of Indians, is seeking a formal apology from the government.

More than three dozen MPs have supported the demand, signing an early day motion (413) started by Ealing Labour MP Virendra Sharma.

The slaughter, also known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, was perpetrated on April 13 1919, when British Indian Army troops fired into a crowd of thousands of unarmed Indian protesters gathered in the walled Jallianwala Bagh public garden in Amritsar. Up to 1,000 people were killed and more wounded.

The Massacre 1919 Centenary Committee will be holding a commemoration meeting at the House of Commons on Tuesday June 19 at 2pm in Committee Room 14.

Committee secretary Joginder Bains said that “a formal apology by the serving British Prime Minister will cost nothing, while the effect on the people of Indian diaspora will be of a historical magnitude and will help [them] to move forward.”

Ms Bains’s petition can be signed at mstar.link/AmritsarApology

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