His visit is meant to build "one of the great partnerships" of the 21st century. Jallianwala Bagh killings 'shameful', says Cameron
David Cameron on Wednesday termed as "shameful" the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of innocent Indians by British troops.
"This was a deeply shameful act in British history. One that Winston Churchill rightly described at that time as monstrous. We must never forget what happened here and we must ensure that the UK stands up for the right of peaceful protests," Cameron wrote in the visitors' book of the memorial.
However, Cameron, who is the first British prime minister to visit the Jallianwala Bagh, did not offer any apology for the massacre.
The British prime minister earlier paid homage at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, the site of the massacre of hundreds of men, women and children by British troops April 13, 1919.
Queen Elizabeth too had visited the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in October 1997 and paid homage to those killed in the massacre of unarmed Indians by British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer.
Image: British Prime Minister David Cameron lays a wreath at the site of a notorious 1919 massacre of hundreds of Indians by British colonial forces, in Amritsar on Wednesday. Cameron's action marked the first time a British premier made such a gesture of condolence at Jallianwala Bagh in the northwest city of Amritsar. More than 300 Indians were killed during the massacre on unarmed Indians attending a rally, which galvanized the national independence movement.