On April 13, 1919, a large number of people had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh to celebrate Baisakhi and peacefully protest against the repressive acts of British and to discuss two resolutions, one condemning the firing on April 10 and the other requesting the authorities to release their leaders.
Inspite of General Dyer’s orders prohibiting gathering of people, people gathered at Jallianwala Bagh. When the news reached Brigadier-General Dyer, he headed to the Bagh with his troops. He entered the Bagh, deployed his troops and ordered them to open fire without giving any warning. People rushed to the exits but Dyer directed his soldiers to fire at the exit. The firing continued for 10-15 minutes. 1650 rounds were fired. The firing ceased only after the ammunition had ran out. The total estimated figure of the dead as given by General Dyer and Mr Irving was 291. However, other reports including that of a committee headed by Madan Mohan Malviya put the figure of dead in this heinous act at over 500.


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