PM lays wreath at massacre site

David Cameron today laid a wreath at the memorial to the 1919 Amritsar massacre in India, bowing his head and standing in silence to pay respect to those who died.

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David Cameron pays tribute to Amritsar victims

David Cameron has completed his visit to India, and, on the last day of the trip, became the first serving Prime Minister to pay his respects to thousands of innocent Indians who were massacred in Amritsar in 1919 by British troops.

Cameron, who laid a wreath and signed a book of condolence on the final day of his visit to India, said it was a "deeply shameful" moment in Britain's history and an incident that should not be forgotten.

ITV News' Carl Dinnen reports:



PM: Not right to 'seek out things we should apologise for'

David Cameron said it was not "right to reach back into history" to "seek out things we should apologise for" after he visited the Amritsar massacre site.

The Prime Minister, who expressed remorse for the atrocity, said:

In my view we are dealing with something here that happened a good 40 years before I was born, and we are dealing with something that ... the British government rightly condemned at the time.

I don't think the right thing is to reach back into history and to seek out things that we should apologise for. I think the right thing to do is to acknowledge what happened, to recall what happened, to show respect and understanding for what happened.

– David Cameron

PM makes history by visiting holy Sikh temple

The Prime Minister has been touring the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Punjab on the final day of his visit to India.

David Cameron is escorted around the Golden Temple Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It is the first time a British serving Prime Minister has visited the temple, which is the holiest site in the Sikh religion.

David Cameron is shown around the Golden Temple at Amritsar Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The Golden Temple receives 100,000 visitors a day Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

PM signs book of condolences at Amritsar memorial

The Prime Minister made his entry in the book of condolence seated at a table before a memorial plaque which read: "This place is saturated with the blood of those Indian patriots who were martyred in a non-violent struggle to free India from British domination."

Before making his entry, the Prime Minister viewed the flame which burns continuously at the memorial in honour of the fallen.

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