London Mayor visited Sri Darbar Sahib and toured the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre site. He paid his respects to the martyrs and asked the British Govt to issue an apology.
Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, involved the killing of hundreds of unarmed, defenceless Indians by a senior British military officer, which took place on 13 April 1919 in the heart of Amritsar, the holiest city of the Sikhs, on a day sacred to them as the birth anniversary of the Khalsa (Vaisakhi day). 1300 Punjabi’s were assembled in the Bagh, out of 1300, 799 Sikhs attained martyrdom, while the remaining 501 were either Hindu, and Muslim, etc, who also gave their lives for freedom.
Jallianvala Bagh, a garden belonging to the Jalla, derives its name from that of the owners of this piece of land in Sikh times. It was then the property the family of Sardar Himmat Singh Jallevalia (d.1829), resident of Mahilpur, in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, and noble in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), who later migrated to the village of Jalla, now in Fatehgarh Sahib district of the Punjab. And became known as Jallewalia, after the village.
The family were collectively known as Jallhevale or simply Jallhe or Jalle, although their principal seat later became Alavarpur in Jallandhar district. The site, once a garden or garden house, was in 1919 an uneven and unoccupied space, an irregular quadrangle, indifferently walled, approximately 225 x 180 metres which was used more as a dumping ground.