JAMMU, Apr 13: Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighter Association (JKFFA) and Shri Ram Sena (SRS) on Monday paid rich tributes to Martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
Due to COVID-19 lockdown amidst restrictions, authorities have already appealed public in general and Sikh community in particular to avoid gathering on Baisakhi festival which happens to be foundation day of Khalsa Panth.
Vice Chairman of JKFFA and Sri Ram Sena J&K President Rajiv Mahajan speaking on the occasion termed Jallianwala Bagh Massacre one of the most brutal and gory events in India’s history that resulted in the martyrdom of about 1,000 people.
What accelerates the incident’s gravity is the fact that the British soldiers under acting Brigadier Reginald Dyer had opened fire in front of a mass of innocent unarmed people je said adding that in the year 1919, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre had occurred on the day of Baisakhi on April 13.
Since then, Mahajan said, on this day people of India remember the lives of numerous people who died that day and those, who remained alive to recount the horror.
Prior to the incident, an English missionary was attacked by angry mobs, protesting the arrest of two leaders of the independence movement. This led General Dyer to impose Martian Law on April 12, 1919.Under this proclamation, no public gathering was allowed. However, the public was not made aware of the same. The people who came in the Bagh were celebrating Baishakhi and they were not involved in any protest. Women and children were also a part of the crowd. According to witnesses and other written records, no warning was given by the troops before firing.The enclosure had only one opening, which the British troops had covered. This led to such high numbers of casualty, Mahajan added.
Remembering the incident, Mahajan said that the firing went on till they ran out of ammunition. Dyer came with Baluchi and Gorkha soldiers, who used rifles. Also, two armoured cars with mounted machine guns were also brought.
Many tried to escape the guns and jumped into a well, which was inside the garden, to their deaths. Dyer was killed on March 13, 1940, by Uddham Singh, a member of Gadar party seeking revenge for the massacre. While Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had returned his knighthood, Mahatma Gandhi had called for country-wide protests. The event was termed as the catalyst which influenced and encouraged patriots like Bhagat Singh to raise their voice against the British Raj, added Mahajan.
Chairman JKFFA Ved Gandotra and President RC Puri also paid tribute to the martyrs.