Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu releasing a commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a Postage Stamp at Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo/ANI
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu releasing a commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a Postage Stamp at Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo/ANI

Humbled to pay my homage to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs, says Vice President

ANI | Updated: Apr 13, 2019 19:34 IST

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Apr 13 (ANI): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that he was humbled by paying homage to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, “who sacrificed their lives fighting the evil hegemony of oppressive British rule.”
Vice President Naidu on Saturday visited the Jallianwala Bagh memorial here on the commemoration of the massacre’s 100 years. He also released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a postage stamp on the occasion.
The Vice President in the visitor’s book at the memorial wrote: “I feel extremely humbled as I pay my homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting the evil hegemony of the oppressive British rule. I salute the martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this very spot 100 years ago.”
“This place and the centenary commemoration ceremony evoke in me a deep sense of sadness at the tragic loss of human lives and also a profound sense of legitimate pride at the lasting legacy of conviction and courage that these brave soldiers of India’s freedom movement have bequeathed to us,” Naidu further wrote.
Giving the message of peaceful co-existence, the Vice President wrote: “May the legacy inspire every Indian to achieve greater heights of resolute resistance to oppression and exploitation.
“May the indelible scars on national consciousness foster a sense of national pride along with a redoubled dedication to spread India's timeless message of peaceful co-existence across the globe.”
Several important people including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday paid their homage to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh.       
The massacre took place on April 13, 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of General Reginald Dyer fired upon a crowd of unarmed people protesting against the arrest of two national leaders -- Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew (ANI)

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