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Leaders pay tribute to martyrs of Jallianwalla Bagh massacre

india Updated: Apr 13, 2010 22:43 IST

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Several Union ministers, including A K Antony and Ambika Soni, today visited the Jallianwalla Bagh here and paid rich tributes to martyrs killed by the British police at this historic place.

On the 91st anniversary of the Jallianwalla massacre, Defence Minister A K Antony said "I am proud to come here on behalf of the Central government. For me this land is holy since many martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation were from this place. More than 27,000 people were assembled at Jallainwalla Bagh on April 13, 1919, when they were butchered by Britishers," he said.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said the Government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the uplift of Jallianwalla Bagh.

"I salute this sacred place which had played a pivotal role in our freedom struggle," said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

He said the spark ignited from Jallianwala Bagh played a key role in the country's freedom. Lauding the role of people from Punjab in the country's struggle for Independence, Hooda said they are always ready to face any kind of eventuality and nation is proud of them.

Antony later visited the Golden Temple.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, Senior Congress leader Mohsina Kidwai, leader of opposition in Punjab Rajinder Kaur Bhattal were among those who addressed the gathering.