In the 99th anniversary of the British brutality of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the nation paid tributes to the martyrs who lost their lives for freedom struggle of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. In a message, the Prime Minister said, "Tributes to the brave martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The indomitable spirit of the martyrs will always be remembered. They sacrificed their lives for our freedom."
The Jallianwala Bagh memorial at Amritsar in Punjab is still struggling to get regular funds for its upkeep. According to the estimate, daily around 50,000 people visit the memorial. Despite this much large visitors, the memorial, which was set up in 1951 has no regular source of income. The memorial lies close to the Golden Temple of Sikh community.
On April 13, 1919, a meeting of freedom fighters was scheduled at Jallianwala Bagh to protest against the Rowlatt Act. It was the Baishakh day, a Hindu festival, also. A large number of people, estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 had gathered both to attend the meeting and to celebrate Baisakh. The British troops under the leadership of Brigadier General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer opened fire on the Indian crowd for 20 minutes in which 379 killed and 1,200 wounded, according to the British statistics. (With input from UNI)