British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Jallianwala Bagh today – the first British PM to do so after 94 years – and said it was a ''deeply shameful incident'' in British history, however, there was no mention of an apology, not even a brief 'sorry'.
David Cameron wrote at the Visitor's Book in the Jallianwala Bagh memorial: ''This was a deeply shameful event in British history - one that Winston Churchill rightly described at that time as 'monstrous'. We must never forget what happened here. And in remembering we must ensure that United Kingdom stands up for the right of peaceful protest around the world.
Cameron underlined the word 'never' in this text.
British Prime Minister David Cameron today paid obeisance at the holiest shrine of Sikh religion Golden Temple where he was presented a robe of honour.
Amid tight security arrangements, Cameron paid obeisance inside the sanctum sanctorum at 10:25 am.
Clad in a dark suit and a tie with head covered with a blue-coloured cloth, Cameron was presented a robe of honour inside the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple.
The British Prime Minister also mingled with a couple of devotees and chatted with them for a brief period as Gurbani played in the backdrop.
This is the first visit by a high-profile British dignitary to Amritsar after 1997, when Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had visited the holy City.
Inside the Temple, he was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who earlier received the British dignitary at the Sri Guru Ram Dasji International Airport, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) President Avtar Singh Makkar, among others.
The British Prime Minister reached the Golden Temple at about 9:50 am and spend nearly an hour inside.
Before paying obeisance by bowing his head inside the sanctum sanctorum, the British leader was taken around the Temple by officials of the SGPC, apex religious body of the Sikhs, and was also shown Shri Guru Ram Dass Langar Hall.
Cameron had his hands folded for a brief period as he paid obeisance inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, which attracts a large number of devotees cutting across faiths from different parts of the world.
Notably, Sikhs constitute a large segment of Indian origin people who are settled in the UK.
Around 3,000 police personnel from six districts have been deployed along with other forces, as part of the tight security