Report on the Amritsar massacre

War Cabinet 'British Empire and Africa Report' for the week ending 15 April 1919.

On 11 April 1919, British troops shot dead 379 unarmed demonstrators at a political meeting in the Punjab city of Amritsar. Within a few days, the first news of this massacre - and incidences of rioting in India - had reached London. Yet this War Cabinet report refers only vaguely to 'trouble' in Amritsar - trouble that was allegedly caused by Indian 'mobs' rather than British soldiers. It also states that only five Europeans and nine rioters were killed in the whole of the Punjab region - figures that hardly tallied with the real death toll in Amritsar.
Catalogue reference: CAB 24/153 (15 Apr 1919)

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