Reuters - Ludhiana
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A proposed visit by the Queen to India has sparked demands that she apologise for a British massacre of unarmed civilians in 1919. On the harvest festival of Baisakhi in April 1919 British troops opened fire on thousands of Indians gathered peacefully within a walled ground after blocking the only exit. Indians say thousands of people died in the shooting and the ensuing stampede in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar but official British figures say 379 were killed as they tried to flee. The massacre quickly become a symbol of colonial cruelty.