Cameron not likely to offer Formal Apology for Jallianwala Bagh massacre

British PM David Cameron is likely to express regret for the loss of life during the notorious Jallianwala Bagh massacre but a formal apology is not expected anytime soon. On Wednesday, Cameron laid flowers at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar, where British troops opened fire at hundreds of unarmed protesters in 1919.

PM Cameron stood at the memorial in silence for a minute before departing. He also paid obeisance at the Golden Temple where he was received by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and other dignitaries. The British PM and business delegation are provided complete security by at least 3,000 police personnel called on from six districts.

British PM Cameron is the only serving UK prime minister in the history who has paid his respects at the scene of one of the horrendous massacres the world has ever seen. PM Cameron is in Amritsar during his three-day trade trip to India. He described the massacre as “a deeply shameful event in British history”.

Writing in the memorial book of condolence, Cameron penned down: “We must never forget what happened here.”

Cameron is accompanied by a business delegation with an aim to discover ways of easily accessing Indian markets. Ahead of his visit to Amritsar, Mr Cameron said: “This is my fourth time in India, but I’ve never made it to Punjab so I’m really looking forward to finally going there. Punjab is a place which has huge ties to Britain.”

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