British PM voices regret over 1919 India Amritsar massacre

According to Indian figures around 1,000 unarmed protestors died when British troops opened fire on them in Amritsar

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An Indian girl looks at a painting of the Amritsar massacre in 1919 when British troops opened fire on Indian protesters in the northern city, killing 400 according to colonial era records. India puts the toll much higher, at nearer 1,000. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed regret for a massacre by British troops in India in 1919 but stopped short of a full apology.

"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused," May told the British parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for "a full, clear and unequivocal apology".

UK should say sorry for century-old Amritsar massacre, India says

The April 13, 1919, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters, remains an enduring scar from British colonial rule in India.

Colonial-era records show about 400 people died in the northern city of Amritsar when soldiers opened fire on men, women and children in an enclosed area, but Indian figures put the toll at closer to 1,000.

Former British prime minister David Cameron described it as "deeply shameful" during a visit in 2013 but also stopped short of an apology.

A ceremony was due to take place at the site of the massacre on Saturday.