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:
The Prime Minister has this evening returned from his India trip. He flew into Heathrow earlier.
David Cameron has become the first serving Prime Minister to pay his respects to thousands of innocent Indians who were massacred in Amritsar in 1919 by British troops.
He laid a wreath and signed a book of condolence on the final day of his three day visit to the country.
David Cameron has been visiting the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre which he said was a "deeply shameful" moment in Britain's history and an incident that should not be forgotten.
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:
– David Cameron
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.
The Prime Minister has been touring the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Punjab on the final day of his visit to India.
It is the first time a British serving Prime Minister has visited the temple, which is the holiest site in the Sikh religion.
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.
In the condolence book David Cameron wrote:
This was a deeply shameful event in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at the time as 'monstrous'.
We must never forget what happened here, and in remembering we must ensure that the United Kingdom stands up for the right of peaceful protest around the world.