London Mayor Sadiq Khan says Britain should apologize for Jallianwala Bagh massacre

London Mayor calls for apology to people of Amritsar for Jallianwala Bagh

Almost 100 years later, it remains a controversial subject as many British dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip, and former prime minister David Cameron, have visited Jallianwala Bagh to pay their respects.

Visiting the Jallianwala Bagh memorial on Wednesday, Khan paid his respects to those who lost their lives in the massacre and extended his "own apologies", according to a statement on the London mayor's website.

In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at Jallianwala Bagh during a tour of India.

He said it was time for the British to apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Now on a visit to the Indian sub-continent on "London is open" campaign, Sadiq Khan, made this statement, through his official twitter account, while visiting the massacre site Jallianwala Bagh near Amritsar on Tuesday. The tragedy in 1919 on Baisakhi is one we must never forget. This is for the first time any high ranking British official has called for the apology, a demand New Delhi has been making for decades. "Our thoughts are with all those who died", Khan wrote in the visitor's book after paying floral tributes at the memorial.

On Sunday April 13 1919, some 50 soldiers began shooting at unarmed civilians who were taking part in a peaceful protest against oppressive laws enforced in the region by British colonial authorities.

All the exits were blocked by the troops and protesters had nowhere to escape.

British Prime Minister David Cameroon visited Jallianwala Bagh in February 2013 and offered regrets over the killings, stopping short of a formal apology.

Khan, later on Wednesday, visited the Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, is located and offered prayers.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) gave Mr Khan a "siropa" (robe of honour) during the visit.

During his visit, he participated in langar at the Golden Temple complex and showed keen interest in knowing how the food is prepared.

The London mayor, of Pakistani-origin, will visit Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad in Pakistan.

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