By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 17 Apr: To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy, tributes were paid to the martyrs who accelerated the Indian struggle for Independence. The atrocities were conducted by the British against the people assembled in large number at Amritsar at the Jallianwala Bagh near the Golden Temple to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi. The lives of a large number of people were sacrificed in the firing ordered on them.
To commemorate the event and pay tribute, a seminar was held at No. 1, Inder Road, on 13 April and was presided over by Brig KG Behl, President, SNS. Dr S Farooq, the noted industrialist, was the Chief Guest. Other guests included Sanjiv Shastri, Asha Tamta and RK Bakshi, President, Rotary Club. The meeting was arranged under the auspices of Sanyukta Nagrik Sangathan and a large number of members of the National Association for Parents & Students Rights, Swatantra Sainani and Uttaradhikari Sangthan, Netaji Sangharsh Samiti, Andolankari Manch, Nirbhay Welfare Organisation, Uttarakhand against Corruption, USF, Shahid Udham Singh Smarak Trust and others were present. Various aspects of the tragedy were touched upon by speakers which included Sushil Tyagi, Bishamber Nath Bajaj, Pradeep Kukreti, PD Gupta, Dr Mukul Sharma, Arif Khan, Cols BM Thapa, BS Gambhir, Dr Mukesh Narain Sharma, Sushil Saini, JK Dandona, Bhargav Chandola, Asha Tamta, Prabhat Dandriyal, Gulshan Bakshi, Sat Singh Chouhan, Chandra Pal Singh, PK Upreti and others.
The demand for an apology by the British Government for such an atrocious was repeated by some, including Dr S Farooq.
Two minutes’ silence was observed to pay homage to all those who laid down their lives for the country at Jallianwala Bagh.