Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab, India
9 May 2012
Lately I visited Jallianwala Bagh at Amritsar, Punjab, India. This place smells of blood of thousands who died here in 1919 as a result of a massacre, one of the closest sites near India's border, markings of freedom fight are still preserved with care, with memorable artifacts kept safely in place.
About the event: The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place in the Jallianwala Bagh public garden in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, and was ordered by Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer. On Sunday 13 April 1919, Dyer was convinced that a major insurrection was at hand. He banned all meetings, and hearing a meeting of 15,000 to 20,000 people had assembled he marched his fifty riflemen to a raised bank and ordered them to shoot at the crowd which included men, women, and children. Dyer kept the firing up for about ten minutes. Official Government of India sources estimated the fatalities at 379, with 1,100 wounded. The casualty number estimated by the Indian National Congress was more than 1,500, with approximately 1,000 killed. (Source: Wikipedia).