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UPSC Current Affairs – 11-04-2019

Jallianwalla bagh massacre (1919)

Why In News :

Among the events planned in the city to mark the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, CM Amarinder Singh is expected to take part in a candle march in Amritsar on April 12. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is slated to address a gathering at Jallianwala Bagh on April 13

In Brief :

  • Also known as Amritsar massacre, it took place on 13 April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired rifles into a crowd of Indians, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab.
  • The unarmed crowd was protesting against the arrest of two local leaders Saiffudin Kichlew and Satyapal and the notorious Rowlatt Act.
  • According to the official estimates the number of dead was around 400 but in reality it was more than 1500.
  • Gandhi withdrew his anti-rowlatt satyagraha movement on April 19, 1919 and called it a “Himalayan Blunder”.
  • On May 30,1919, Rabindranth Tagore renounced his knighthood title awarded by British.
  • Gandhi returned the Kaiser-i-Hind Gold medal given to him for his work during Boer War in South Africa. THE HUNTER COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY (1919)
  • Formed as Disorders Inquiry Committee on October 14, 1919 which came to called as Hunter Committee after the chairman, Lord William Hunter.
  • Indian members of the committee: Sir Chimanlal Harilal Setalvad, Pandit Jagat Narayan, Sardar Sahibzada Sultan
  • The final report of the committee condemned Dyer’s actions, but the committee did not impose any penal or disciplinary action.
  • Also the government had passed an Indemnity Act for the protection of its officers.

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