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On 99th Anniversary Of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, Nation Pays Tribute To The Martyrs

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| April 13 , 2018 , 10:56 IST

People across the nation on Friday remembered the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which is also known as Amritsar massacre, one of the bloodiest attacks India witnessed during the British era.

On April 13, 1919, on the command of General R.E.H. Dyer, British troops opened fire on civilians who had assembled in Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab to participate in Baisakhi celebrations.

General Dyer who was Amritsar’s acting military commander had banned public gatherings but protestors assembled at Jallianwala Bagh to celebrate the Punjabi harvest festival. Many also died in the stampede while trying to flee bullets, while a lot of people died jumping into an unused well to save themselves from being shot.

As per British record, the incident killed 379 people and wounded 1,200, however, the Indian National Congress estimated killing of over 1,000 people.

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The Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden of 6 to 7 acres with five entrances and wall on all the sides. The troops first blocked the entry to the ground by a tank, locked the exit and fired continuously for ten minutes, killing and injuring many.

The bullets were fired on the people who were trying to flee from the open gates and after the massacre over 120 bodies were recovered.

On this day people across the country took to Twitter to pay there tribute to martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre-