British Atrocity - 3
A collage by Shrikant Apte
The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre is named after the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. On 13 April 1919, on the occasion of the festival of Baisakhi, unarmed innocent men, women and children had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh for a peaceful meeting. British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier General Reginald O'Dyer opened fire on this peaceful gathering without any provocation. The soldiers stood on the gate of the garden and prevented anyone from escaping. The firing lasted for about 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired, or 33 rounds per soldier. Official British Raj sources placed the fatalities at 379. According to private sources, there were over 1000 deaths and more than 2000 wounded.
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