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Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy a Shameful Scar, Says UK PM Theresa May, But Stops Short of Apology

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for "a full, clear and unequivocal apology".

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Updated:April 10, 2019, 6:14 PM IST
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Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy a Shameful Scar, Says UK PM Theresa May, But Stops Short of Apology
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London: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed regret for the massacre by British troops in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, in 1919 but stopped short of a full apology.

"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused," May told the British parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings. She described it as a shameful scar on the British Indian history.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for "a full, clear and unequivocal apology".

The April 13, 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters, remains an enduring scar from British colonial rule in India.

Colonial-era records show about 400 people died in the northern city of Amritsar when soldiers opened fire on men, women and children in an enclosed area, but Indian figures put the toll at closer to 1,000.

Former British prime minister David Cameron described it as "deeply shameful" during a visit in 2013 but also stopped short of an apology.

A ceremony was due to take place at the site of the massacre on Saturday.

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