Jallianwala Bagh massacre deeply shameful in British history, must never forget what happened here: David Cameron
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Cameron today spent nearly 20 minutes at Jallianwala Bagh. He was welcomed by Jallianwala Bagh local managing committee chairman and veteran Congress leader Raghunandan Lal Bhatia. He then moved towards the memorial, removed his shoes. Afterwards, he laid the wreath and observed a minute's silence.
While moving towards memorial, Cameron asked Mukherjee about the well where people had jumped during the massacre. "I pointed towards the well and told him that dead bodies of 120 people were taken out of that well. Then he asked me about bullets marks, I pointed towards the area where bullet marks were present," Mukherjee said. Cameron, meanwhile, did not go towards the well or the wall where bullet marks stand.
During Cameron's visit to Jallianwala Bagh where he termed the massacre as a shameful event in British history, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who minutes before accompanied him to the Golden Temple was conspicuous by his absence. He was seen leaving Golden Temple with his cavalcade passing in front of the Jallianwala Bagh, located at a short distance from Golden Temple, minutes after Cameron entered Jallianwala Bagh.
Earlier, the British Prime Minister paid obeisance at the holiest shrine of Sikh religion Golden Temple where he was presented a robe of honour.
Amid tight security arrangements, Cameron paid obeisance inside the sanctum sanctorum at 10:25 am.
Clad in a dark suit and a tie with head covered with a blue-coloured cloth, Cameron was presented a robe of honour inside the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple.
The British Prime Minister also mingled with a couple of devotees and chatted with them for a brief period as Gurbani played in the backdrop.
This is the first visit by a high-profile British dignitary to Amritsar after 1997, when Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had visited