Leaders pay tribute to the Martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

April 13 marks 101 years of India’s freedom struggle movement at the Jallianwala Bagh, Punjab. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre killed hundreds of Indian freedom fighters as the British army troops fired their rifles at theunarmed Indian civilians.Indian leaders have tweeted in remembrance of the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the brave martyrs killed at what is considered as the turning point in India’s fight for freedom, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The Prime Minister paid tribute to the martyrs with a tweet reading,”I bow to those martyrs who were killed mercilessly in Jallianwala Bagh on this day. We will never forget their courage and sacrifice. Their valour will inspire Indians for the years to come.” The Prime Minister also shared an old picture of himself paying tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Defence Minister Rajanth Singh, too paid his tribute to the martyrs on Twitter. “Remembering the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar who were massacred on this day in 1919. I salute their courage and sacrifice. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten,” the Defence Minister tweeted.

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh also joined the national leaders in paying tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. “I join the nation in paying my tributes to the innocent martyrs of the #JallianwalaBagh massacre. It’s been 101 years, but the memory of this unfortunate incident still haunts us. I bow in the honour of their martyrdom,” his tweet read.

The Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, too expressed his remembrance and paid tribute to the martyrs on Twitter. “On the anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre today, I join the nation in paying my deepest gratitude & homage to the martyrs, who laid down their lives on April 13, 1919. #Jallianwalabagh,” the tweet read.

The Jalianwala Bagh memorial is located in the Amritsar city of Punjab and is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The site of violence was previously undergoing a renovation process by the Union Ministry of Culture, which has now come to a pause due to COVID-19.

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