The Punjab Assembly has sought a formal apology from the British government for the 13th April 1919 bloodbath that was held at Jallianwala Bagh. The Assembly passed a resolution and will mount pressure on the government of India to ask the British government for an official apology.
The year 2019 marks the centenary year of the massacre, and the resolution received the support of Congress and opposition party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), SAD-BJP combine and the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP).
The tragic massacre killed hundreds of innocent people among which were women and children on 13th April 1919 when Michael O' Dwyer the military commander of Amritsar opened fire without a warning to the peacefully protesting people against the oppressive Rowlatt Act.
The assembly has asked the government to take up this matter with the government of India to press the British government for an official apology for the massacre of innocent people.
In 2013 the then Prime minister of UK David Cameron who has visited Jallianwala Bagh memorial at Amritsar have regretted the incident but have fallen short of tendering an apology.
He wrote in the visitor's book “This was a deeply shameful act in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at that time as ‘monstrous.' We must never forget what happened here and we must ensure that the UK stands up for the right of peaceful protests.”
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the UK must follow Canada's footsteps where Justin Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister) has apologised for Kamagata Maru.
Kamboj community at large feels proud that Udham Singh Kamboj killed Michael O' Dwyer on March 13, 1940 to avenge the Massacre. He sneaked into Caxton Hall, London where Michael O' Dwyer was scheduled to speak at a meeting. He shot O' Dwyer twice and didn't try to flee or resist his arrest as he had fulfilled his vow he had taken on April 13, 1919, to avenge the Massacre.
All India Kamboj Mahasabha had written numerous letters to Punjab state government and central government to seek a formal apology from the British for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the past several years.
KambojSociety has also started a campaign on social media for seeking an apology from the British government on the 100 years anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Please JOIN and SUPPORT this campaign of KambojSociety.