Deeply regret suffering caused due to Jallianwala Bagh massacre: British PM Theresa May

While May did not offer an absolute apology, she told the British parliament: “We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused by the massacre.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed “deep regret” for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, carried out by British colonial troops in India.

While May did not offer an absolute apology, she told the British parliament: “We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused by the massacre.”

May’s comment come at a time when India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, asked May for a full, clear and unequivocal apology.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919, where British troops fired mercilessly on innocent protestors, is a reminder of the oppression of Indian people during the British colonial era. The British troops were commanded by Colonel Reginald Dyer.

While official Colonial-era records show that about 400 people died in the massacre in the northern city of Amritsar, the Indian count pegged the death toll closer to 1,000 people, including men, women, and children.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has also called the Jallianwala Bagh massacre a “deeply shameful” incident during his visit to India in 2013.

However, even Cameron did not offer an absolute apology.