The British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, has called the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 'shameful' and deeply regrettable, but offered no apology. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amrinder Singh, had demanded an unequivocal official apology from Britain for the massacre, whose centenary is being observed on Saturday.
In the visitor’s book, Sir Dominic wrote: 'The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. In am pleased today that the UK and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21 century partnership.
He also paid floral tributes at the memorial. On the issue of an apology, he evaded a direct response. 'I know this is a really important question. I would just ask you to respect what I came here to do which was to commemorate those who died here a 100 years ago -- to express the sorrow of the British government and the British people.'