they became the target of British army where the officer General Dyer gave shooting instruction to his army to kill the unarmed men, women and innocent children. The day turned into country’s saddest tragedy. It’s almost a century now, but the bullet marks can still be seen when you visit Jallianwala Bagh with Hop on Hop Off Amritsar. The place has now become a one of the most intriguing Sightseeing in Amritsar.
Let’s study in detail what exactly has happened on Jallianwala Bagh-
It all started in 1919 when the British government passed the “Rowlatt Act” to control the act of Indian revolutionaries. The Act was strongly opposed by the Indian people as it was giving the British government more authority over them. To protest this law Indians named it as “Black Act”.
On April 10, 1919, Dr Satyapal and Dr Kitchlew, the two influential leaders were arrested which made the public furious about violent repercussion. General Dyer passed an order banning any public meeting/gathering in Amritsar.
On 13 April 1919, it was a festival time for Sikh community of Amritsar where all were gathered to celebrate the day of Baisakhi. Many people including ladies and children were celebrating the festival and discussion was to be held for abolishing Rowlatt Act.
After hearing that a meeting had assembled at Jallianwala Bagh, General Dyer went with his troops at the place and closed the exit gates of Jallianwala Bagh. He ordered his troops to shoot at the crowd and continued until the ammunition supply was exhausted. The festival of Baisakhi turned into a bloodbath for Sikh community which has killed many innocent people.
The British government had to suspend General Dyer as it was aggression among Indians. General Dyer quietly returned to Britain.
The day is unforgettable for all of us. Indian National Congress has built a memorial for the innocent people who lost their lives on this day. The past cannot be changed but we all can have the respect amongst the people who lost their lives for Independent India.
Places to Visit in Amritsar
The city of Amritsar is the place that exhibits the diversity of Indian culture. The richness of the city will make you experience the real flavours of Indian heritage & traditions. Being the home of Sikh Communities, you will find Wagah Border Amritsar as the prime destination. The perfect time to visit Amritsar is from November to March as the weather is comparatively pleasant and is ideal for amritsar sightseeing. Amritsar tourism offers many tourist attractions to visit.
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