Prime Minister Modi pays tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute on Monday to the martyrs who lost their lives there and said: their courage will inspire Indians for years to come.

I bow to the martyrs who were ruthlessly killed on this day. We will never forget your courage and sacrifice. Its courage will inspire Indians for years to come, the prime minister said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister also shared a photo from his previous visit to.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on April 13, 1919 when UN troops, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, fired machine guns at a crowd of unarmed protesters and pilgrims who had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh in the Amritsar of Punjab with Baisakhi motive.

The crowd had peacefully gathered at the scene to condemn the arrest of two national leaders, Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew, when they were indiscriminately fired by General Dyer and his men.

According to British government records, 379 people, including men, women and children, were killed, while 1,200 were wounded in the shooting. Other sources put the death toll at more than 1,000.