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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