New Delhi: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed regret over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which occurred on April 13, 1919. Also Read - Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: Netizens Pay Tribute to Martyrs of The Bloodiest Attack
May, however, did not issue a full apology. “We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” May told the British parliament. The development came as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings this April 13. Also Read - Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: PM Modi Pays Tribute on 101st Anniversary | 5 Things to Know
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for a full, clear and unequivocal apology. Also Read - UK's Labour Party Pledges Jallianwala Bagh Apology in Election Manifesto
As per colonial-era records held by the Britishers, about 400 people died in Amritsar when soldiers opened fire on men, women and children in an enclosed area. However, Indian figures put the death toll to at least 1,000.
A ceremony is expected to take place at the site of the massacre on Saturday.