The incident at Jallianwala Bagh is something that one cannot recollect without pain and shock. It is a place visited by every tourist in Amritsar and it has many stories to tell you about the struggle for freedom. We took a cab to visit the place and reached there at by 9.00 am. The park is open for the public from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm on all days of the week and you need not pay any entry fee to get inside. The place was already full of visitors and we too joined them on our way to the park. There was a narrow lane that led inside and I saw that the park was a large space of about 6.5 acres.
The guide accompanying us gave us a brief picture of what happened here 13th April 1919. He said that the park was commonly used by the people in the area meetings and protests during those times. As usual, people gathered here to take part in a meeting to protest against the Rowlatt Act, unaware of what was in store for them. Many woman and children were also in the park. Suddenly fire was opened on them by General Reginald Dyer and his troop of soldiers. The main entrance was blocked by the British soldiers. So the poor people had no place to escape. Many of them got killed in the stampede that occurred. Some jumped in to the well inside the park and got killed. Thousands of people were killed and injured for no reason.
We saw a memorial inside, which was built and inaugurated in 1961 by Rajendra Prasad, who was the president at that time. Later on a flame was added, it was made of red brick that stood to a height of 45 foot. It was made in the shape of a huge flame and is called the Flame of Liberty. We walked past Martyr’s gallery and also saw many bullet marks and blood stains on the wall as proof of the massacre.
Everyone must visit the place and realize the hardships our fore fathers have undergone to attain us our freedom.